The liberal tears of the great meltdown at the election victory of Donald Trump continue as anxiety and sleeplessness.
Conservatives joke about liberal tears but Hillary supporters are still not adjusting to reality. They are, according to counselors, reporting Trump-induced anxiety and sometimes troubled sleep.
“Is he gonna blow us all up?”
So inquired one of Elisabeth LaMotte’s patients recently, fretting out loud about the volatility of U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions during a therapy session at her Washington practice.
It was a rhetorical question — one that predated Trump’s threats of a showdown with Iran this week. But if the question wasn’t meant in earnest, the politically induced anxiety LaMotte is hearing about from her clients certainly is, says the founder of the D.C. Counselling and Psychotherapy Center.
She refers to it as a “collective anxiety” among patients who feel on edge about how potentially dire the president’s decisions could be.
“There is a fear of the world ending,” she said. “It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”
What’s been called “Trump Anxiety Disorder” has been on the rise in the months following the election, according to mental-health professionals from across the country who report unusually high levels of politics-related stress in their practices.
And it’s maybe not surprising given the relentlessly negative headlines and politically divisive climate.
This week, it was a menacing all-caps Trump tweet warning Iran about potentially historic “CONSEQUENCES.” Previously, it was his Supreme Court picks and fears that the legal right to abortion could be overturned, or his immigration policies separating families at the border, or his apparent submission to Russian President Vladimir Putin before a global audience.
From Trump supporters, LaMotte hears about the pain of “feeling socially or familially isolated” for supporting the president’s agenda, “even if they don’t support his tactics.”
From Trump’s detractors, LaMotte has been struck by how much their anxieties resemble those of patients raised by a parent with a personality disorder — someone who would display traits like “grandiosity, excessive attention-seeking and severe lack of empathy.”
“Whether it’s conscious or not, I think we look to the president of the United States as a psychological parent,” she said.
Sadly, the report MAY be untrue. This psychiatrist interviewed on Fox News works in Fort Lauderdale and says he hasn’t experienced this Trump-caused anxiety in his patients.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com