Antidote to Trump Anxiety

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Antidote to Trump Anxiety

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Doc­tor J is in

by baldilocks

Emily Zan­otti:

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 911 — 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.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Doctor J is in

by baldilocks

Emily Zanotti:

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.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Gab.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar or hit Juliette’s!