With Election Day looming, many voters face post-election blues

With Election Day looming, many voters face post-election blues

PORTLAND, Ore. – Pam Peck and Sharon Bishop are doing the same thing on behalf of two very different teams.

“Mostly we’re letting people know they need to vote by tomorrow night at eight o’clock,” said Peck, a Democrat.

“Making calls to voters to encourage them to get their ballots returned by 8 p.m. tomorrow,” said Republican Sharon Bishop.

Both women are deeply invested as campaign volunteers, and both can smell victory on Election Night.

“That’s where I plan to be tomorrow night, on the winning side,” said Bishop.

“I absolutely think President Obama is going to win,” Peck said.

But losing, whoever does, won’t be easy. Nearly half of the country is going to be disappointed.

"If you're too invested in an outcome that is beyond your control, then it may be stressful for you," said clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Farrenkopf.

"It's like athleticism, where you train for a match or train for a tournament," he said. "The tournament itself is not under your control. Your training is under your control."

Farrenkopf said he's seen post-election sadness before. He says it's normal to feel sad after an election, but if it starts affecting your daily routine, that's how you know it's gone too far.

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug,” said Bishop. “You just have to pick yourself up and move on.”

“Obviously when you lose, it doesn’t feel good. But you’ve got to pick yourself up and look at the positives of what happened,” said Peck.