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Monday, July 30, 2018

'Trump Anxiety Disorder' may not be an official diagnosis, but therapists know the symptoms.

"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."



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99% of the DR Left needs to go to Dr. LaMotte for what ails them...and Zed should be first in line.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-07-30 08:15 PM | Reply

From the article:

In a 2017 essay for a book co-edited by psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School and the Yale School of Medicine, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning of Evanston, Ill., called the condition "Trump Anxiety Disorder," distinguishing it from a generalized anxiety disorder because "symptoms were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate."

Though not an official diagnosis, the symptoms include feeling a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what's happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media, she said.

Panning said intense consumption of media coverage of this presidency is making some people's Trump-related anxiety worse.

"They say they're wondering what's next," she said.

The American Psychological Association has recorded a rise in anxiety in the Trump era, with a five per cent increase (52 to 57 per cent) in politically induced stress levels over a six-month period before, during and after the 2016 election. Overall, stress levels were the highest they've been in a decade, according to the APA.

In an online survey in February 2017, two-thirds of Americans -- including most Democrats as well as most Republicans -- said they were stressed about the future of the nation. Most of the more than 3,500 people polled blamed the extreme political polarization for their anxiety. There was a strong correlation between stress levels and electronic news consumption.

According to the APA, a person's political affiliation can affect their risk of anxiety. About 26 per cent of Republicans polled post-election considered "the political climate" to be a source of stress, compared to 72 per cent of Democrats who felt the same way.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-07-30 08:18 PM | Reply

"... someone who would display traits like "grandiosity, excessive attention-seeking and severe lack of empathy."

RoCheney and all the other Trumpublicans in one sentence.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-30 08:20 PM | Reply

Is this the DR Trumpublican DRama Panic thread?

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-30 08:21 PM | Reply

A belief in an external locus of control leads to feelings of helplessness, powerlessness which is common among leftists. To refer back to another thread, it's part of why big cities tend to be liberal...and why liberals are more pessimistic than conservatives.

When you feel like you don't control your own destiny, it leads to pessimism and the idea that some higher power like government needs to step in and control things for you.

#5 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2018-07-30 08:46 PM | Reply

- some higher power like government

Hilarious. Rwingers prefer the "higher power" of corporations over government... which is the definition of economic neo-liberalism; a liberal dose of corporate control rather than government control.


Liberals prefer resurrecting "gov of, by, and for the People" rather than giving up on it and slaving as proxy voters for the corporate elite.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-30 11:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


I see this struck a little too close to home for the pompous, willfully ignorant angry aging hippy.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-07-31 01:51 PM | Reply

Probably because CORKY needs therapy for his own TAD. Denial is the first stage of grief and loss.

#8 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2018-07-31 04:42 PM | Reply

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