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Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:40 PM

"People are not okay": The mental health impact of the Trump era


“People are not okay”: The mental health impact of the Trump era
His presidency is over, but the trauma isn’t.
By Anna North Jan 28, 2021, 10:00am EST
A red MAGA hat on fire in the road.

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The problems Trump brought to light — racism, xenophobia, and transphobia, to name just a few — certainly didn’t start with him. But from the moment he announced his campaign in a speech maligning Mexican people as rapists, he made such attitudes more explicit than ever before within the bounds of traditional party politics.

His rhetoric helped embolden a wave of hate crimes across the country targeting Muslim Americans, immigrants, and a number of other groups he had demonized. Meanwhile, his constant all-caps tweeting, his preference for staff who enabled rather than checked his worst impulses, and his return to campaign-style rallies shortly after his election all led to a relentless news environment that subjected Americans to the president’s disjointed and frequently abusive thoughts multiple times per day. In the first three years of his presidency, Trump tweeted more than 11,000 times — 5,889 of those tweets, according to the New York Times, “attacked someone or something.”

While Trump was able to energize a core of supporters with his mix of bravado, defiance, and racism, for many others, his presidency was, quite simply, scary. In the American Psychological Association’s 2016 “Stress in America” survey, 63 percent of Americans said the future of the country was a “significant source of stress,” and 56 percent said they were stressed out by the current political climate. In the 2018 version of the survey, those numbers went up to 69 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

Clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning even coined the term “Trump anxiety disorder” to describe the stress many people were feeling in the weeks and months following the 2016 election. “People tended to experience things like ruminations, like worries of what’s going to be next” as they awaited each new tweet or action by the president, Panning told Vox.

Trump also subjected people in America and around the world to language and tactics used by abusers, Farrah Khan, a gender justice advocate and manager of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University in Canada, told Vox. That includes gaslighting (like when he claimed that the official Covid-19 death tolls were fraudulent, or that the virus would “go away on its own”), lashing out in anger (his perennial rage-tweets about “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT”), and seeking revenge on people for perceived wrongs (his attacks on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she criticized his administration’s Covid-19 response). In a relationship with an abuser, “you’re constantly hypervigilant to what he’s going to do next,” Khan said. Under Trump’s presidency, that hypervigilance extended to the millions of Americans affected by him and his policies.

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https://www.vox.com/2021/1/28/22249273/trump-presidency-trauma-covid-19-2020-election

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ansible Jan 28 #1
Karadeniz Jan 28 #2
babylonsister Jan 28 #4
3catwoman3 Jan 28 #3
smirkymonkey Jan 28 #5
babylonsister Jan 28 #6
smirkymonkey Jan 28 #7
electric_blue68 Jan 28 #8

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:44 PM

1. Trump's departure helped my parents mental health at least

But they get so caught up in the Coronavirus news that they're so scared shitless now, even worse than before. God I wish it would just end...

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:49 PM

2. PTSD...President Trump Stress Disorder. I put it on my update questionnaire every time I go to a

Doctor....of course, no one ever looks! Where it says "sign," I write Leo.
No one notices...

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:06 PM

4. Haha!

I'll have to try that. Not surprised; we're tired of filling them out, the staff is sick of dealing with rote admin stuff.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:01 PM

3. I call it Persistent Trump...

...Stress Disorder.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:46 PM

5. This has been echoed back to me by my doctors.

Mental, physical, emotional stress from the past four years has taken it's toll on people's health. I have heard this from most of my doctors, most of whom I see just for maintenance check-ups.

I had a dental procedure on Tuesday and my BIL (who is a dentist) and the dentist I saw here in Boston both confirmed that they have had more patients in with cracked or broken teeth over the past nine months than they had in the previous five years. It has been an epidemic of people stress grinding their teeth resulting in broken teeth and other dental problems.

I am sure that there have also been many other health problems that have been exacerbated by the stress of the past four years, but it will probably be a while before we see those statistics come out.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 10:52 PM

6. Wow. That explains it!

One of my back teeth, or a crown, just fell out 4 days ago. And I know I have been clenching my jaw, a lot. Plus I'm at that age when everything breaks down.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:08 PM

7. Same here.

I have never had any dental problems in my entire adult life. But four years of teeth grinding will do it to you. And they are still trying to make it even harder for us to get covered for any kind of health problem, despite the fact that they are causing them.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 28, 2021, 11:41 PM

8. I'm Soooo glad that I solved my teeth...

clenching problem by 95% - 100% a few years before drumph was elected.

I lost one tooth bc of it, and probably broke off some parts of others.

Anyway I came up w a visual mediation and hat solved it.


I get an occasional clench but I apply my mental imagedry works.

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