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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:17 AM

Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast


Psychologists’ couches are filling up as Americans seek relief from Trump Anxiety Disorder.

By JOHN F. HARRIS and SARAH ZIMMERMAN October 12, 2018

CNN before love-making is not his idea of a turn-on. But she can hardly turn it off—engrossed as she is in the latest unnerving gyrations of Washington.

Who else to blame but Donald Trump? A president who excites hot feelings in many quarters has cooled them considerably in the bedroom of a Philadelphia couple, who sought counseling in part because the agitated state of American politics was causing strain in their marriage.

The couple’s story was relayed to POLITICO by their therapist on condition of anonymity. But their travails, according to national surveys and interviews with mental health professionals, are not as anomalous as one might suppose. Even when symptoms are not sexual in nature, there is abundant evidence that Trump and his daily uproars are galloping into the inner life of millions of Americans.

During normal times, therapists say, their sessions deal with familiar themes: relationships, self-esteem, everyday coping. Current events don’t usually invade. But numerous counselors said Trump and his convulsive effect on America’s national conversation is giving politics a prominence on the psychologist’s couch not seen since the months after 9/11—another moment in which events were frightening in a way that had widespread emotional consequences.

Empirical data bolsters the anecdotal reports from practitioners. The American Psychiatric Association in a May survey found that 39 percent of people said their anxiety level had risen over the previous year—and 56 percent were either “extremely anxious” or “somewhat anxious about “the impact of politics on daily life.” A 2017 study found two-thirds of Americans’ see the nation’s future as a “very or somewhat significant source of stress.”

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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/10/12/donald-trump-anxiety-disorder-pscyhologists-221305

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:20 AM

1. the problem has never really been donnie himself.

the problem is the inability of washington and the media and republicans in general to properly dismiss him as a fool, a liar, a clown, an incompetent, a grifter, etc.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:27 AM

2. They want to but can not do it!

Donnie has 80-85% approval among republican voters, and so many who opposed him got primaried. That is why few are dismissing him.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:30 AM

3. pathetic.

ultimately, he's bad news even for republicans. they're going to get shellacked in november and probably in 2020 as well.

the republican party can't even save itself from the damange donnie is doing.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:46 AM

5. If the blue wave is large in 2018,

I expect to see republicans abandoning Trump.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018, 11:35 AM

4. My therapist has told me pretty much the exact same thing.

That she and her colleagues are seeing more and more patients who are anxious and distressed over Trump and what the republicans are doing to this country. Of course she hears a lot from me as well.

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