Politico: 'Trump Anxiety Disorder' Is Driving Liberals Crazy

October 12th, 2018 1:36 PM

In case you haven't figured it out yet, it's now official: President Donald Trump is driving liberals crazy. The October 12 edition of Politico Magazine told us what we pretty much already knew. And if you were somehow unaware of this, liberal antics in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation should have enlightened you.

Democrat mobs banging on the doors of the Supreme Court or trying to pry them open with their bare hands are not the activity of people in a healthy mental state. Neither are forming insane mobs to scream at members of the Trump administration or Republican senators dining at restaurants in a crazed attempt to drive them out.

Politico editor John F. Harris and intern Sarah Zimmerman are now revealing the sad truth of the extreme mental affliction now affecting mass numbers of liberals in "Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast." (What's with this "Us" bit, Kemosabe?)

CNN before love-making is not his idea of a turn-on.

But she can hardly turn it off—engrossed as she is in the latest unnerving gyrations of Washington.

Who else to blame but Donald Trump? A president who excites hot feelings in many quarters has cooled them considerably in the bedroom of a Philadelphia couple, who sought counseling in part because the agitated state of American politics was causing strain in their marriage.

The couple’s story was relayed to POLITICO by their therapist on condition of anonymity. But their travails, according to national surveys and interviews with mental health professionals, are not as anomalous as one might suppose. Even when symptoms are not sexual in nature, there is abundant evidence that Trump and his daily uproars are galloping into the inner life of millions of Americans.

He continued: 

...numerous counselors said Trump and his convulsive effect on America’s national conversation is 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.

Empirical data bolsters the anecdotal reports from practitioners. The American Psychiatric Association in a May survey 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.” A 2017 study found two-thirds of Americans’ see the nation’s future as a “very or somewhat significant source of stress.”

Studying empirical or other data is unnecessary. One can easily get a sense of the mental condition of the left by looking at the numerous videos of Liberals Gone Crazy.

And now the not so startling conclusion of the Politico authors:

He’s not crazy, but the rest of us are getting there fast.

"Us" in the Politico sense means liberals.

Jennifer Panning, a psychologist from Evanston, Illinois, calls the phenomenon “Trump Anxiety Disorder.” She wrote a chapter on it in a collection by mental health experts called “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.” In an interview, she said the disorder is marked by such symptoms as “increased worry, obsessive thought patterns, muscle tension and obsessive preoccupation with the news.”

Actually the technical term is "Trump Derangement Syndrome" (TDS) but I won't quibble over the exact terminology.

A study from the market research firm Galileo also found that, in the first 100 days after Trump’s election, 40 percent of people said they “can no longer have open and honest conversations with some friends or family members.” Nearly a quarter of respondents said their political views have hurt their personal relationships.

This goes beyond office arguments or the Thanksgiving gathering in which some cousin or in-law drinks too much and someone storms out after the diner-table conversation turns to politics. Even the closest daily relationships can suffer.

Last year a victim of extreme TDS (or whatever you want to call it), Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, described the symptoms in greater detail in how Trump is "Driving Us Crazy":

Disturbed sleep. Anger. Dread. Weight loss. Overeating. Headaches. Fainting. Irregular heartbeat. Chronic neck pain. Depression. Irritable bowel syndrome. Tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath. Teeth grinding. Stomach ulcer. Indigestion. Shingles. Eye twitching. Nausea. Irritability. High blood sugar. Tinnitus. Reduced immunity. Racing pulse. Shaking limbs. Hair loss. Acid reflux. Deteriorating vision. Stroke. Heart attack.

Clawing at Supreme Court doors wasn't on his list but we can forgive Milbank for not including a symptom that hadn't happened yet.

The Politico article makes a vain attempt to demonstrate that "Trump Anxiety Disorder" is universal and that even conservatives are afflicted by it. 

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, who practices psychotherapy in the nation’s capital, said she “doesn’t view it as a party-specific thing.”

Conservatives are hurting, too,” she said. “I view this anxiety as collective in a very strong sense. They’re hurting in part because they feel they don’t have permission to share their real views, or they feel conflicted because they agree with things that the president is doing but they’re uncomfortable with his language and tactics.... And they feel alienated and isolated from friends and family who differ from their views, as if there’s not permission to view it in a different way in D.C.”

Sorry but the reason why conservatives might not share their real views and feel alienated from friends and family is because those people are acting like liberal moonbats so crazed by Trump that they are taking it out on those whose views are perceived as favorable towards the President.

...therapists say today’s political conditions are ripe to send people of all partisan, ideological and cultural stripes to the emotional edge.

Did anybody see screaming conservatives banging on or clawing at the Supreme Court doors or becoming part of angry mobs ruining the public dinners of others? No? I thought not.