We’re old enough to remember the spread of “post-election selection trauma” after George W. Bush defeated Al Gore, and it didn’t take long after the election of Donald Trump for pieces to be published about how women were deciding they could no longer date (“there is no room for dating in this place of grief”), dying their hair black or cutting it off in mourning, or simply crying for days in the shower, in the car, everywhere.
And that before Trump was even inaugurated.
Now, a year-and-a-half later, The Hill has picked up on a piece from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on an increase in patients claiming to suffer Trump Anxiety Disorder.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 28, 2018
Elisabeth LaMotte, the founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C., told CBC that there is a “collective anxiety” among her patients related to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies.
“There is a fear of the world ending,” she said. “It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”
She said that Trump critics whom she treats exhibit similar behavior to patients who have a parent with a personality disorder.
“Whether it’s conscious or not, I think we look to the president of the United States as a psychological parent,” LaMotte said.
We’re no psychologists, but we’d humbly suggest as a first step not looking at the president as a psychological parent. Sorry, Chris Rock, but he’s not “like the dad of our country” — he works for us.
Another symptom of Trump Anxiety Disorder is spending excessive time on social media, for which we can think of another easy fix.
Seriously, people, how many years are we gonna stretch this out? Trust us, you don’t want to know how many people were downright anxious to admit in the responses that they had Trump Anxiety Disorder, because they’re certain he’s going to, for example, cancel the midterm elections before ending the world.
— Aaron FitzMagic (@CheapSeats411) July 28, 2018
You spelled "Trump Derangement Syndrome" wrong.
— Meier Ben Avraham ❌ (@hebrewservative) July 28, 2018
This may be taking things a bit far… https://t.co/jC9ff5Y0hf
— The Columbus Political Review (@colpolrev) July 28, 2018
Same ones who said he was insane?
— JamesMadison (@potus4madison) July 28, 2018
Also known as excessive liberalitis, snowflake disease and progressive syndrome. Sadly, there is no cure other than application of common sense. https://t.co/3AVIq4yvVv
— Doug Hoots (@Hootieky) July 28, 2018
"Dumb Christian hicks believing in Armagedd… wait who was elected? OMG call my life coach. I have a spiritual question." https://t.co/weq6vkSeoo
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) July 28, 2018
Most of them being hypersensitive leftists who spend their time complaining about micro-aggressions, claiming Trump is “Literally Hitler”, protesting capitalism and America in general and drinking starbucks coffee.
— MadxMan (@CiaMadxDrunk) July 28, 2018
And the media is not to blame here? https://t.co/0bDDv98omt
— МОСКОУИЦ ? (@iFortknox) July 28, 2018
How pathetic. That’s what you get when the media goes into mass hysteria every time Trump does something they don’t like https://t.co/wvFSAVgShb
— Carlos Diaz (@CarlosDiaz1818) July 28, 2018
If there was ever a case for a class action malpractice suit against American news media it is here.
They have created an anxiety disorder because of butt hurt. https://t.co/53boKnRDub
— Cody Penn-Dent (@codypd) July 28, 2018
When you raise your kids like a bunch of #snowflakes they will be prone to buckle under any kind of stress, no matter how small it may be.
— RED BARON (@airforce2100) July 28, 2018
Wimps. We survived 8 years of Obama. We just upped our alcohol intake a little. https://t.co/wNbeZldrsK
— BrendaLee (@whitewinery) July 28, 2018
Common sense is the only known cure.
— Doug Hoots (@Hootieky) July 28, 2018
Delete your apps. Unplug your tv. Go for a long walk. Read a mystery novel. Sip some tea. https://t.co/anP689D3Lk
— April Gregory (@aprildgregory) July 28, 2018
Definitely unplug your TV is CNN is on it; how many times do we have to see “news stories” like this one?
— CNN (@CNN) July 28, 2018
'Welcome to the internet'! The AP has apparently JUST learned about this hot 'new buzz phrase' https://t.co/v7iiHAFcCw
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 18, 2018