[P]olitics-induced anxiety -- it's so common it's been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder. Mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to -- or worsened by -- the blast of daily news on the new administration.
In the past, therapists say it's been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. "It is big money to talk about politics with me -- that is not what we do!" said Maria Lymberis, a psychiatrist in Santa Monica, Calif.
But that was before "fake news," "alternative facts," "repeal and replace," contested confirmations, travel bans, protests and suits over travel bans, suspicions about Russian influence and the departures of the acting attorney general and the new national security adviser. Among other things.
Requests for therapy appointments to Talkspace, an online therapy portal based in New York City, tripled immediately following the election and have remained high through January, according to the company. In particular, Talkspace has seen a steady increase in requests from minorities, including Muslim-Americans, African-Americans, Jews, gays and lesbians.
"In my 28 years in practice, I've never seen anything like this level of stress," said Nancy Molitor, a psychologist in the Chicago suburbs. She says the vast majority of her patients -- from millennials to those in their eighties -- are bringing up politics in their therapy sessions. "What we're seeing now after the inauguration is a huge uptick in anxiety."
This is nuts.
People need to be able to cope, especially with something like the outcome of an election.
Are we to believe that Trump's election has caused people to lose it and if Hillary had won then everything would be hunky dory?
Around the country, there's a "stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to -- or worsened by -- the blast of daily news on the new administration."
If anxiety and depression are more prevalent, maybe it's because the mainstream media and entertainers and Leftist groups and Never Trump people won't let up, insisting that the sky is falling, that chaos reigns.
Instead of "Post-Election Stress Disorder," it could be called "Post-Meryl Streep Acceptance Speech Disorder."
Why didn't stress related to Obama's big lie, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor," and the ObamaCare debacle get an unofficial label?
Why didn't all the families impacted by Obama's War on Coal and the ensuing stress they experienced get an unofficial label?
Why didn't Obama and the Left's War on Cops result in a label to identify the anxiety and depression they caused by their irresponsible statements and their horrific assassinations?
Apparently, the Leftists are granted legitimacy for their Trump election-induced suffering and victim status. Conservatives, on the other hand, when faced with an election loss, don't get the same sort of recognition for their anxiety and depression. They're so dehumanized that their concerns aren't acknowledged as legitimate.