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(25,927 posts)
Thu Jan 18, 2018, 09:21 AM Jan 2018

My patient population is in a fugue state...

I practice in Center City Philadelphia and the vast majority of my patients are Democrats, including many of my wealthy, influential, (occasionally) snobby folk. Almost everyone who comes in for his or her checkup or dental work spends a portion of the appointment discussing the catastrophe which has enveloped the nation and thus the world. I have in forty years never seen anything like it. It is actually worse than the 9/11 era inasmuch as people have begun to retreat from the news and other media due to the overwhelming nature of this sociopath's assault upon a democracy and the truth. I remind them that President Obama said, "Don't boo... vote!" I tell them to mobilize their friends and find at least one individual who normally doesn't vote and bring him or her to the polls for every election we have from now on. I tell them that now you see what happens when someone says that "they're all the same". No they're not.

I also tell them that there are Universal Truths: that not everything is subject to variance or argument. Many of these people have begun to doubt whether 1+1=2 unless they're supported by others. Terrifying.

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(58,785 posts)
1. Sensible person with captive audience. :)
Thu Jan 18, 2018, 09:35 AM
Jan 2018

There's a lesson here. We can't all be in that fortunate position, but maybe we should all try to recruit a physician, or even better a dentist and dental assistant (!), to GOTV.


(6,191 posts)
2. I've kicked around the idea of starting a Trump Era support group.
Thu Jan 18, 2018, 10:03 AM
Jan 2018

Not as an alternative to activism, but parallel to it. People experienced real, concrete losses on Election Day 2016 and I think it would be helpful to to share experiences, fears, and hopes.


(8,379 posts)
4. I'm a psychologist and I've never seen so many people with anxiety about the state of the world
Thu Jan 18, 2018, 11:53 AM
Jan 2018

It's awful. So many of my patients with narcissistic fathers/mothers are continually triggered, so many of my sexually abused patients are constantly triggered. I have a diverse ethnic population who feels traumatized. It's horrendous.

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