Therapists in the US say they have seen a rise in politically-related anxiety in the months following the election of US President Donald Trump, calling the phenomenon “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”
Therapists say their patients are fretting out loud about the volatility of Trump’s actions, according to a report from Canada’s CBC News.
Elisabeth LaMotte, the founder of the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, DC, 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 who 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.
LaMotte told CBC that the…