Trump Anxiety Disorder Is No Laughing Matter

Donald Trump

Trump Anxiety disorder is not about what Trump is doing to the country. It's about the country that elected him.

Ask any mental health professional. Business is booming.

Why? Why do you think?

Trump supporters love to scoff at the idea of Trump Anxiety Disorder. But it's very real and psychologists couches are filling up as Americans seek relief.

The symptoms are obvious. We have trouble following the political news cycle without getting angry and depressed.

Some of us can no longer have open and honest political conversations --or any type of conversation--with friends and family members.We are sad. Sad for America and sad that we must spend another two years in this state.

The truth is that Trump Anxiety disorder is not about what Trump is doing to the country. It's about the country that elected him.

On November 8th 2016, many of us discovered that the country we thought we knew and thought we loved did not actually exist. It was all an illusion. We learned that a significant percentage of our fellow Americans were not bound to the same moral code as we were. We learned that "good" didn't matter in American anymore. I don't care who you are. That's traumatic.

It's difficult to understand how someone could have witnessed Trump's vile campaign and presidency thus far, the entirety of which has been marked by abject cruelty, and NOT be at least a little bit traumatized.

After all, we share this country with the people who did this.

We share the country with millions of Americans in red hats who think that it's perfectly acceptable for a president to lie constantly as long as he's "winning".

We share this country with people who think think that banging porn stars while your wife is home with her newborn son is just fine with Jesus as long as you appoint some good judges.

We share this country with a whole bunch of people who think that separating kids from their parents at the border, is an acceptable immigration policy.

We share this country with millions of these people and I had no idea until very recently.

When we see and hear Trump we feel anger. We should. Everybody should. And the fact that so many Americans don't, causes many of us great mental anguish. We were raised to believe our nation was better than this. But it's not.

This is the first president who has destroyed this many lives without sending any soldiers to war. He has damaged the psyche of the nation for a generation.

I've explained this reasoning to my therapist on several occasions. Every time I do she says the same thing: "I've heard all of this many times. You're not the only one."

This Christmas be the bigger person. Bigger than Trump. Bigger than your friends and family who support him. Treat them with the love and respect that their president has failed to show the country.

And remember, they're going to be extra grumpy due to the fact that they're not getting their Border wall.

So get them something nice.

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Well done and well written. A few observations

It's difficult to understand how someone could have witnessed Trump's vile campaign and presidency thus far, the entirety of which has been marked by abject cruelty, and NOT be at least a little bit traumatized.

Observation 1): These folks live in the Right Wing Partisan media complex. What they and see and hear is a subjective alternative version to the objective reality. Watch or listen to 10,000 hours of this subjective reality programming for years and social-identity theory says if they reject the behavior, they reject their tribe and the self-esteem boost they get from feeling superior to their tribal enemy "them."

We share the country with millions of Americans in red hats who think that it's perfectly acceptable for a president to lie constantly as long as he's "winning".

Observation 2): Most of these folks live in the 2626 small city/rural counties that have been declining for 30 years. Their disaffection from the norms of modern society largely come I think from hearing politicians promise blue collar/working class jobs who, lacking any actual idea WHY those jobs peaked in 1953, failed them for 30 years. In contrast with a pathological liar who promises them he and only he can bring them 1980's prosperity.

We share this country with people who think think that banging porn stars while your wife is home with her newborn son is just fine with Jesus as long as you appoint some good judges. Observation: Social conservatives have been losers on abortion, LGBTQ marriage, and transgender issues for 30 years. They are desperate to win anything.

We share this country with a whole bunch of people who think that separating kids from their parents at the border, is an acceptable immigration policy. Observation: See observation 1.

We share this country with millions of these people and I had no idea until very recently. Observation 4): And they know it. They know educated middle class and up urban and suburban Americans did not know they exist. They know that the upper 20% of Americans who pay 95% of taxes and own 92% of all financial assets did not understand that nearly 45% of American households or 115 million Americans are working poor "ALICE households--Asset Light, Income Constrained/Employed". They are financially distressed on a weekly basis and cannot pay 1-2 key bills every month. They cannot write a $400 check to fix a car. They are one layoff away from moving in with relatives or homeless shelter.

The bright spot of the rise of populist Trumpism? It shined a bright light on the richest country in the world with the largest working poor households in the world.