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Parliament’s perils: stress and anxiety

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LONDON (Reuters) — One-third of British members of Parliament suffer from emotional problems including anxiety, feelings of pointlessness and inadequacy within three months of being elected, the Observer said on Sunday.

A poll of 100 members revealed that a third of them still suffered from stress-related insomnia, dizziness and chest pains even a year after they were elected, the newspaper added, quoting a study by the Hansard Society.

Members turn to smoking, drinking and overeating to cope, said the study, titled "Under Pressure: The difficult job of a modern MP."