Doctor J is in
Politico Magazine reported this week that the [p]resident is causing all sorts of maladies in his political opponents, from sexual dysfunction to flat-out depression, and in some cases the president is so single-handedly responsible for patients’ psychological instability that qualified therapists have made him into a diagnosis: Trump Anxiety Disorder.
“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 are 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 consequence,” Politico reports, citing a number of psychologists, therapists, and counselors who have reported seeing a spike in Trump-related anxiety among their patients.
The American Psychiatric Association has 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,'” all because of the president.
I would mock those who suffer from Trump anxiety, had I not been in a battle with anxiety myself for roughly the last eight years, beginning during a time of great personal stress involving death and loss of property. I’ve since discovered that anxiety is virtually alleviated through prayer coupled with some prayer-borne wisdom.
But, what are these people frightened of?
In many cases, Trump seems to merely exacerbate existing psychological distress, and those who might be prone to anxiety are responding to the 24-hour news cycle that feeds it. But in other cases, psychologists have actually had to invent a diagnosis to explain why people — mostly leftists — have a heightened sense of unease at the mere sight of the president.
I’ve mentioned before that I had certain fears about President Obama — and I was pretty much tired of his voice by the middle of 2008 — but those fears did not lead to a physical reaction.
Something I wonder about with these people: do they have a Source of hope, a sense of Something higher than themselves to trust in? It’s certain that such a question wasn’t asked.
And I’d wager that, if it had been, the response would have been “no” for all.
Because that’s the only true way to bind and gag the Fear Beast.
Something else it does: helps you to separate the legitimate fears from the baseless ones.
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