Psychiatrists report that Trump has record levels of liberals feeling odd because they cannot even.
It’s been one of the most popular parlor games in DC the past few months: Speculation has been prevalent that President Donald Trump is actually mentally deficient, and if that can be firmly established then the 25th Amendment can be invoked to remove him from office. Seeing him diagnosed, or having someone surreptitiously recording him to display his atrophied mental state are two prevailing hypotheses on how to do this.
These wish-cast theories of course overlook some core reality, such as his removal would only elevate Mike Pence, and the actual operators in our government would continue undeterred. For those fretting about Trump take some comfort that this career non-politician is not in a position to run things. By example view this nation as a cruise liner and Trump as the ship’s captain. Now put him in the capacity that he is either in the dining hall glad-handing rich cruisers, or down on the Lido Deck orchestrating shuffleboard tournaments. He’s not up in the bridge, nor down in the engine room steering this ship or keeping things running — the truly capable hands are the ones behind the wheel.
Yet while many are trying to draw up a tin-hat theory for the president’s ouster there is another reality, and that is mounting numbers on the left cannot handle the Trump reality. A piece from Politico Magazine goes into detail that therapists from across the country are reporting an influx of patients who are grappling with the Trump Presidency.
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 consequences.
Rather than relying strictly on the anecdotal there are also statistics tossed out to bolster the imbalance. A survey by The American Psychiatric Association found a spike in anxiety by 39% over the previous year, with over half of respondents stating they felt some level of anxiety over politics in their daily life. A study by the same organization found two thirds of the people reporting they viewed the future of the country was a “very or somewhat significant source of stress.”
It appears their emotions are resisting the reality of a Trump White House.
While many are familiar with the social phenomenon of Trump Derangement Syndrome (or, to employ the method of pharmaceutical companies creating new maladies for their drugs, the abbreviation TDS) that is more of a social construct. It describes the inability by those to look at any news item, event, or even general conversation topic without applying Trump to the content. For some everything needs to be shot through a Trump prism.
Those afflicted display this malady by turning every conversation to the man. Opposing their viewpoint in any fashion gets one labeled as a Trump supporter; you need not allude to him at all to earn this moniker. Even a discussion about a film can turn to his name being referenced, apropos of nothing in the talk. The most severe cases have the individual bringing up his name in an unrelated topic, and then accusing you of being “obsessed” with the man, whom they were unable to resist invoking.
Rather than just another name for these psychological manifestations there appears to be problems symptomatic of TDS. One psychologist has dubbed this growing need for therapy as “Trump Anxiety Disorder”, and has drawn up a list of the effects: increased worry, obsessive thought patterns, muscle tension and obsessive preoccupation with the news. Of course, while I am not a psychologist myself, I may suggest that a deeper problem is the root cause.
Placing an inordinate amount of import on any political figure is bound to lead to these anxiety spirals. I personally have never seen my personal life so deeply vested in a lone political figure that I became personally affected (I am more prone to do the opposite, react with the old chestnut that the best antidote is living well.) Making the President, or a Supreme Court nominee, so prominent in your life is not healthy.
But for far too many on the left they view the government as a defacto surrogate. Look how often personal items, be they immediate problems or daily functionality, are so quickly called upon to have the government step in and do something. Most of us have seen this reliance on a nanny-state function, and this is in fact contributing to this spike in psychosis on the left.
One therapist interviewed declared the sophomoric need for a parental government is a driving factor: “Authority figures represent the parent, [so] President Trump sits in the seat of parent for all Americans. So now, my ‘father figure’ is a bully, is an authoritarian who doesn’t believe in studying and doing homework. … [Rather than reassurance] he creates uncertainty.’
Holy…I mean, how to even respond?! If you are in the position of viewing the President as your father-figure then you have possibly needed therapy for some time well before 45 took office. That this is in fact a reality for so many means those scenes we viewed during the confirmation process — the screeching protests outside the Senate and some wailing as they attempted to open the doors to the chambers — at least make a little bit of sense now.
I will also offer another component. With the help of the media Donald Trump has been elevated (or, denigrated) to the position of “the worst President ever”. This, before even completing his second year in office. Those who were so heavily invested emotionally in Hillary (i.e. “Mom”) taking office have been convinced our country would be entering the Dark Ages as Trump took command.
What may contribute to their dysphoria is a lack of Armageddon-levels of failure, which has knocked these passionate resisters off balance. After being promised all manner of nefarious result would encroach it simply has not happened. Women have not become outlawed. The dead bodies promised following numerous policies have not clogged our sidewalks. We have not been transformed into Weimar Republic 2.0.
Adding to the anxiety is that not only has Trump failed to pave the way for a Nazi regime, there has actually been beneficial results. The economy is surging, unemployment is at remarkably low levels, we have made headway against ISIS, and numerous other positives are found. How can one effectively rail against the “worst President ever” when his disasters have not materialized, and positive attributes abound?
As we have seen then, like the deaths that would accrue with the tax cut and the end of new neutrality (to name just two genocidal policies) they are reduced to wailing over prospective offenses. The resistance fighters just “know” what disaster is to come. We will be flung into world wars, our economy will rival Venezuela, and women will be fitted for crimson cloaks and ivory bonnets. It is all but assured.
And when these societal disasters fail to materialize the psychosis will only deepen. Should Trump earn a reelection bid in 2020 I will shift my retirement portfolio to invest heavily in psychiatrist couch manufacturing companies.