by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Mental health professionals are starting to open up in public about the mental health issues among liberals experiencing Trump Derangement Syndrome. The Los Angeles Times, an anti-Trump paper, published an unintentionally revealing article (hat tip: Instapundit) on the extent and severity of TDS among the affluent liberals on LA’s Westside:
In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain.
“It’s just a nightmare,” said Drake, who practices in West L.A. (snip)
Therapists nationwide say they’ve been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern political history.
I do not remember a similar outbreak of mental health problems among conservatives upon the election Barack Obama, who promised a “fundamental transformation” of America. This suggests that liberals are less emotionally stable than conservatives, and supports the long-expressed thesis of Michael Savage that “Liberalism is a mental disorder.”
The LAT article reveals a startling fact that supports the contention that TDS is a public health issue:
Some patients who support Trump say they feel isolated because they can’t share who they voted for in their workplace or home for fear of being harassed or called xenophobic or misogynistic. (snip)
Opening up about voting for Trump has already stoked conflict with family and friends. One therapist mediated a case in which an adult son threatened to cut off his relationship with his parents because they voted for Trump.
In other words, TDS sufferers are inflicting their anger on others. They are thus a public health hazard.