Trump Anxiety Disorder: Is Trump Literally Making Us Sick?

Updated on December 13, 2017
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Catherine Giordano is a writer and public speaker who often speaks out on political matters.

A New Mental Disorder?

The presidency of Donald Trump is causing severe anxiety for many Americans.
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What Is Trump Anxiety Disorder?

Ever since Donald Trump became president of the United States I’ve been feeling depressed and anxious with an ever-present sense of foreboding. I thought it was just me.

Then I read the book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.

The first section of the book consisted of several essays by mental health experts discussing Donald Trump’s many personality disorders. Even though I was well aware of these, seeing them collected in this book really brought home the dangers of having a president who is literally “crazy,” in that he suffers from many serious personality disorders.

The second section of the book discussed why psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have a “duty to warn.” When someone is a danger to themselves or others, professional ethics say they must warn the affected parties. In this case, the “affected parties” include the entire world.

But it was the third section of the book that really shook me. It was about how Trump was affecting the mental health of individual people. They wrote about how many of their patients and acquaintances (and they themselves) were having the same feelings that I was.

In one of the essays in the book, Jennifer Contarino Panning, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist, called it “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”

How Is Trump Anxiety Disorder Affecting People?

As soon as I wake up in the morning, I put on the TV to check the news. I need to check to make sure World War III did not start while I was asleep. I breathe a sigh of relief when I find out that it has not, but that relief is short lived. The relief doesn’t last because even though World War III has not begun, the news is very, very bad. I see America’s freedoms being eroded and the entire world being destabilized by Trump’s presidency.

Betty P. Teng, L.M.S.W., a trauma specialist, described the symptoms her patients were feeling as the possible harbingers of post-traumatic stress disorder. She listed some of the symptoms as anxiety, lack of focus, hyper-vigilance, irritability, and emotional volatility. People seem suffused with a sense of unreality, asking themselves, “Can this really be happening?”

Ms.Teng described it as being similar to the symptoms observed among New Yorkers after the 9/11 attack. Only the election of Trump is worse, because 9/11 was a finite event enacted by an outside source. In contrast, the presidency of Donald Trump is a never-ending onslaught of aggression and it is perpetuated by our fellow Americans. She calls it “Post-Trump Stress Disorder.”

Which Part of the Population Is Most Affected?

People who have previously been the victims of trauma are most affected. Trump’s behavior mirrors the behavior of past abusers—an abusive parent, a bully, or a sexual assaulter. Trump’s outrages deliver “neurobiological overstimulation” and can lead to flashbacks, heightened anxiety, panic attacks, and a disruption of normal functioning.

I have suffered this type of emotional trauma in my past which may explain why my hands started to tremble, my mouth got dry, and my throat tightened as I typed this. It may also explain why I feel so personally betrayed. I have discovered that some of my friends voted for Trump. It was like a dagger to the heart. (I have never felt this way in past elections when my candidate lost.) I don’t want to associate with these friends anymore. And I find myself very distrustful—perhaps some of my other friends also voted for Trump. I don’t want to ask because it is too painful to know.

I also find myself very frightened to be living in a country where nearly half voted for a man like Donald Trump. How could they not see how unqualified he was on every dimension—experience, character, and temperament. I worry that I live in a country where so many can idolize this man or ignore his faults. I thought that Americans were basically good decent people, even if they might have different views on public policy. Were these people driven by hate, misogyny, greed, or just stupidity? When I’m in a public place, I can’t help but think that every other person I meet falls into one of those categories. It terrifies me. I think of Nazi Germany—can it happen here? (My mother was a Holocaust survivor and maybe that heightens my fear.)

As would be expected, Donald Trump’s presidency is having a particular effect on the populations that he is specifically targeting—immigrants, GLBT people, members of the Islamic faith and those whose ethnic heritage is from majority-Islamic countries, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, economically-disadvantaged Americans, and people who do not have employer-provided medical insurance.

Trump Has Many Mental Issues

Trump's destructive behaviors and personality disorders which border on psychosis make him unfit for office.
Trump's destructive behaviors and personality disorders which border on psychosis make him unfit for office. | Source

Why Does Trump Trigger Anxiety?

I wonder why everyone does not have Trump Anxiety Disorder. Here are a few reasons to be anxious.

  • Every day there are new revelations about the ties between Donald Trump and Russia, a country that is an avowed enemy of the United States. Do we have a Russian mole in the White House? Is he actually “Putin’s Puppet” as Hillary Clinton called him in the third presidential debate in 2016?”
  • Most of Trump’s cabinet and political appointees are rich millionaires and billionaires who are using their public office to destroy the interests they are supposed to be promoting and protecting and to further enrich themselves. What happened to drain the swamp?
  • Trump’s actions are destructive to America.He has brought his unscrupulous business dealings to the presidency. His so called “Tax and Jobs Bill” will enrich himself and his family and other millionaires/billionaires while forcing the poor and middle class to pay more in taxes. It will not create jobs; just the opposite, it is likely to bring on another recession just as George W. Bush’s economic policies did.
  • Trump’s behavior is erratic. Remember when he fired missiles into Syria on a whim. He insults foreign leaders—alienating our allies and provoking our enemies. (“Little Rocket Man” may be pushed too far and use some of those nuclear weapons he has been testing.)
  • Donald Trump is a compulsive liar. He lies constantly even when the facts are clear and well-known. He can’t seem to help himself; he lies about things big and small. We can’t trust anything he says. (Note: When he says “Believe Me”, that is a "tell"—he's lying.)
  • His presidency is a hot mess. Many positions, particularly in the State Department are unfilled, affecting the ability of to run the country and conduct diplomacy. There is constant turnover in his cabinet and top staff. And more turnover is very likely because several highly-placed individuals are likely to be charged with crimes as Special Counsel’s Mueller’s Investigation continues.
  • Trump has many personality disorders—severe personality disorders. The above-referenced book, and especially the chapter by John D. Gartner, a clinical psychologist, (Donald Trump is A)Bad, B)Mad, C)All of the Above), lays out the case. Malignant narcissistic personality disorder, sociopathic personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, extreme hedonism, megalomania, hyper-manic disorder, and possible dementia or early stage Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to pathological lying, Trump’s behavior is typical of a bully, a sadist, and someone without empathy or remorse. He may also be delusional. According to Gartner, “Trump lives on the border of psychosis.”
  • Trump is spiraling out-of-control. Psychiatrists call it decompensation. It occurs when increased stress on a person who was previously able to function more or less normally despite severe personality disorders causes him to “fall apart.” We can see Trump, whose mental health was precarious to start with, unraveling before our eyes.

Defending American Values

Are Americans better than this? Are we a good and decent people?
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Is Aberrant Behavior Becoming Normalized?

When people live in an environment of aberrant and abusive behavior, there is a tendency to come to see this behavior as normal. It is a coping mechanism.

I am concerned that too much of Trump’s behavior is being what is called “normalized.” It is excused as a lack of political correctness, or exaggeration, or negotiating tactics. We must continually remember: This is not normal!

I find it interesting that before Trump came onto the political scene, I had never heard the word “normalized.” Maybe it is a new word or maybe it was never needed before Trump.

The Cure for Trump Anxiety Disorder

This picture represents the most effective remedy for Trump Anxiety Disorder.
This picture represents the most effective remedy for Trump Anxiety Disorder. | Source

How Can Trump Anxiety Disorder Be Treated?

The most obvious answer to the question is:Trump must be removed from office. I’m afraid we will have to wait for that and when it comes it will bring America to the breaking point. More reasons for anxiety!

In the above referenced book, Thomas Singer says, “It now feels as though we have all been groped by the tentacles of Trump’s octopus-like psyche, which has invaded our own and threatens to tighten its squeeze for several years.”

People, like me, who are in the grip of Trump Anxiety Disorder, become obsessed with the news. The constant bombardment of bad news worsens our anxiety, yet we can’t stay away from the news for fear we may miss something. We feel that if we know what is going on we are in control somehow.

The mental health professionals recommend staying away from the news. If you are suffering from Trump Anxiety Disorder, maybe you can cut down on the news. I can’t. I guess I keep hoping that maybe there will be some good news.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

This book is a must-read, but fair warning, it will leave you feeling very upset and anxious. It is mostly written in plain English, although some of the essays seem to be written more for professionals than for ordinary people. I couldn't put the book down.

 

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      Catherine Giordano 24 hours ago from Orlando Florida

      Erick Hernandez: It's quite alright. So many of us are feeling like that now. Sometimes we just need to vent. No harm done. Your comment has been deleted. For future reference, just keep a lid on the curse words next time.

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      Erick Hernandez 26 hours ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

      Sorry I went all mental on your page. I experienced extreme anxiety yesterday. I just couldn't take it anymore.

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      Catherine Giordano 5 days ago from Orlando Florida

      JylF. For a complete list of all the personality disorders manifest in Donald J. Trump, see my other article : How Many Kinds of Crazy is Donald Trump?https://soapboxie.com/us-politics/How-Many-Kinds-o...

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      Jyl F. 6 days ago

      Oh my goodness. So true. I think you left out Borderline Personality Disorder.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Lisa Mathis: I understand how you feel and your anxiety is well founded. You should talk to your doctor about this. Until we can put en end to this hostile takeover of our country, you may require anti-anxiety meds. Also try to spend a little time every day doing something that relaxes you. Do yoga, dancing, singing, knitting, playing with your kids, etc. Look at some of the other coments hee for more ideas.

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      Lisa Mathis 6 days ago

      I have been screaming in my sleep every night for months now. I never had this problem prior to Trump's election. I am overloaded on news I know but feel like I can't be away from it too long or I'll fall behind on whatever madness he's spreading and how to do my small part to combat it. I am not a nervous or worrying person by nature but this has anger mixed in and takes over an inordinate amount of my waking and sleeping hours.

      My husband is ready to take over the playroom so he can get some sleep, away from my nightly screaming. I feel constantly exhausted as I'm not getting quality sleep I'm sure. HELP!

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      The GOP voters gave us Trump in the primaries and the GOP political leaders keep him in power. The only good news in this is that the Republican Party has proven itself to be so craven that a recent Gallup poll shows only 37% of Americans identify as Republicans while 44% say they are Democrats.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Celia Williams: I am so sorry to hear about your friend. We must all find healthy outlets for stress until this madness--the Trump presidency-- is over.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Rosanna Tufts: You are absolutely right. During a stressful period in my life, I took up crocheting. It really helped. Now I write. It helps to pour it all out onto the page, but it also makes it worse because I have to think about, and research, the very thing that is making me anxious.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Wild Bill: Probably not a coincidence.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      joseph costello: Thank you for your patriotism. I hope the United States of America can survive Trump and Trumpism.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you Laura for your patriotism. I hope the March will be moot by January 20, but I doubt it.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Laura: How terrifying. I once had a bumper sticker ripped from my car while I was in the store. This country is becoming such a scaryplace to live because of Trump.

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      Catherine Giordano 6 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Cndy E. Thanks for your comment. This is unprecedented in American history. One person suggested activism, like joining Indivisible. That makes a lot of sense. Anxiety stems, in part, from feeling helpless.

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      Celia Williams 7 days ago

      My best friend has been so overwhelmingly stressed that he developed shingles. It attacked his face, including his mouth, right eye and right ear. He has completely lost his hearing in his right ear.

      Trump syndrome is a real thing. He needs to be removed from office without question.

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      KristiVP 7 days ago

      The depressing part to me is that Hillary won the popular vote yet gerrymandering and other influences such as Comey carried the election. All followed by the daily on-slaught of Trump's attacks on our institutions, roll backs of environmental protections, ignorance and absolute lack of care about health care, and a tax plan that CBO number crunchers say will further hurt health care, medicare and working families.

      Through Thrump's continuous lies, we've lost our standing as a world leader, and his insulting name calling (little rocket man) is dangerous on top of his already crass and misoginistic behaivor...and that's before I get to the neopotism of putting his family and wall street cronies in positions of powers. The hatefullness his rallies portray (lock her up, etc), his unanswered molestation charges, and the abysmal behavior of his supporters who will be hurt the most by his so called tax plan serve to remind me that we have sunk to a new low in American. Who wouldn't be depressed?

      Sadder yet is the GOP. I have never seen a political party so quick to abandon their image, and confirm every negative stereotype about themselves. Republicans must now fully admit they are the pro-wealthy, anti-worker, anti-poor, anti-minority, pro-fascism, pro-nazi, pro-pedophilia party. I can't fathom how any rational, self respecting person could vote for these people.

      My way to combat the anxiety is to get behind any democratic candidate for 2018 and beyond. We must organize, register more, get people to the poles and the DNC and Democrates in congress need to show a lot more backbone in dealing with Trump's enrichment schemes and both parties owe it to this country to impeach because of his inability to carry out his duites, his lies, his neopotisim and collusion and what appears to be his dementia. Our country is far too valuable and beautiful to allow to be undermined by this narcissistic spoiled man who is on the verge of dementia. Thank you for your article, I will continue to resist and flourish as best as possible while working for change in 2018.

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      Rosanna E Tufts 7 days ago

      One thing that has helped me, is SEWING. Making my own clothes has become therapy. I've heard that pottery and macrame have made comebacks for the same reason. When I feel so helpless to affect the direction the country is heading, sewing is something that I CAN control. They're short-term, finish-able projects, and I get to wear something fabulous when I'm done.

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      Wild Bill 7 days ago

      On a more positive note; Kleenex has seen a rise in stock prices since November

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      joseph costello 7 days ago

      I have known from the beginning when Trump was running for "President" that we should never have listened him, never mind take him seriously. But none of us did.

      He is a "clear and present danger" to America and should be dealt with by "any means necessary."

      I remain 'surprised' that our intelligence agencies have not 'acted' for he has insulted, belittled, and poo-pooed much of what they've told him concerning world events and happenings.

      His 'on tape' abuse of women and support of Ray Moore's election in Alabama speaks volumes to his character and state of mind.

      The time has come, the time is now, that each of us as individuals must find the courage to speak out but more importantly to 'act'.

      A fascist, totalitarian, Neo-Nazism awaits us on the opposite

      bank of the Rubicon before us.

      Stand up, say 'no' to Trump and his cronies of "fake news."

      Act before you are the only one left and being led off to

      oblivion.

      No! more Trump!

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      Laura 8 days ago

      P.S. if I could add to my piece, I am attending the IMPEACH TRUMP March in Washington DC on January 20th. Traveling from Missouri. It is important thst we all come together and let the world see....America does not support this man.

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      Laura 8 days ago

      You mention about bumper stickers...i had a guy point a gun at me (loaded) while driving down the highway...because he didn't like my liberal bumper stickers. This emboldenness is what Trump has unleashed. I do many of the things you describe. My head hurts all the time and I am tired. My anxiety medication doesn't seem to work....my only way I combat this is to get out and protest. To match. To collect signatures for people's bills...but to be active in change. I live in South Missouri where people are absorbed with FOX news. They believe what they hear....and they hear nothing. Our cable media outlets have ruined America and divided us. Too many Shock-jocks.

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      Cindy E 8 days ago

      After slavery, trump is the worst thing that has happened in America. I have a family member who suffers from PTSD and this is just pushing them over the edge. As for myself, I feel like I now know what living with PTSD feels like. I, too, turn on the news as soon as I wake, only to regret it immediately. I have limited my time on Facebook and any other activity that post the day’s events, but you can’t go around with your head in the sand. Responsible, concerned citizens must stay vigilant. I pray for this administration ‘s demise every.single.day. I want to shout to every poor soul who is being targeted that we do not all feel this way, or even slightly agree with anything this man has done. This country does have a soul. I feel as though I’m in a nightmare that I cannot wake from. I have severed friendships, and have even cut ties to family members who support this vile excuse of a human being. We’re in uncharted territory and in a state of shock and disbelief. The only way I can rectify this president is that the election had to have been rigged. Half the country did not vote for trump. Only half of THOSE WHO VOTED. Big difference. Ok, I’m going to call my doctor now and ask for some anxiety meds!

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      Catherine Giordano 8 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Rebecca Douglas: Thank you for sharing your feelings. Knowing that you are not alone should help. Try confiding ina friend, but NOT anyone from work. You might also discuss this with your doctor or therapist. Anti-anxiety medication might help for the short term.

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      Rebecca Douglas 8 days ago

      I find myself shaking much of the time. I thought it was just me, but I have the feeling of unreality, especially at work and other public places where others do not seen to be affected by any of the news, or even aware of it. Thank you for this informative article. I have been trying to think of a way out and this at least validates my feelings. I'm worried I am going to lose my job over my anxiety and depression and trouble concentrating.

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      Catherine Giordano 8 days ago from Orlando Florida

      FlourishAnyway: In the past people have ripped my bumper stickers off my car. This one is small. It may have escaped their notice,

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      Willie Preston Wilson 8 days ago

      I knew from the beginning that he was a racist bigoted prejudiced ignorant alt-right kkk neo-nazi affiliated white supremacist.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 days ago from USA

      Catherine - Yes, "should be" is precisely what I meant. Darn autocorrect. Keep that Hillary sticker on there to remind people that you're not one of those who both their lost their mind or all sense of morality by voting for this fake President.

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      Catherine Giordano 8 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Patty Jonson: This is the worse case of Trump Anxiety Disorder I have come across yet. I am so sorry. I wish I could help. Can I suggest that you seek counseling. You sida, you are praying a lot? Do you belong to a church which has a pastor with liberal views who could talk with you? Even if you have good friends--just talking can help. Please take care of yourself. I hope you see this reply.

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      Catherine Giordano 8 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Virginia Allan: It was probably a facebook share that you saw, unless it was a woman's group devoted to politics--then it could have been me. (This article is getting a lot of shares on fb.

      Good for you--joining an indivisible group. It is therapy and activism rolled up into one. I have to look into that. I did sign up to do voter registration drives, but not one has contacted me.

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      Virginia Allain 8 days ago from Central Florida

      Someone (maybe it was you) posted this to a women's group I'm in on Facebook. They love the points you made and agreed that the stress level of people with common sense has skyrocketed with this volatile president.

      Personally, I deal with the stress by starting an Indivisible group in my retirement community. 80 women have joined and we are calling our member of congress, sending postcards to voters, participating in protests. It's a big help to our mental wellbeing.

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      Patty Johnson 9 days ago

      I have been afraid since I watched the debates-- his arrogant bully attitude!! I was in a state of shock for days after the election was over! I am 68 yrs of age, I have 3 son's with varying degrees of disabilities-- I am the only one with a drivers license so when I get sick, I cannot rest--- my 3 guys have jobs & I am all there is! Listening to that BULLY & LYIN Ryan & McConnel gleefully say they are cutting medicaid,medicare & SS, gives me stomach cramps,headaches-- I do not sleep-- I lay in bed praying & crying & tossing & turning all night.. I might catch an hour or 2 of sleep in my front room chair while they are at work. I do not know what will happen if we lose any of this! We will be homeless I am sure!!

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      Catherine Giordano 9 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Eileen Winters: Yes, I feel that same except I never want to talk to those traitorous "friends" again. I'm particularly angry at those who didn't vote or voted 3rd party. They knew how bad Trump was, but they didn't think Hillary was perfect enough. Once person told me, "She wan't getting my vote" in the tone of a sorority girl explaining why the girl running for sorority president was too stuck up to get her vote.

      I think it will take another year to get Trump out. It is going to be a rough year. Trump is getting scared an there is no telling what he might do,

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      Eileen Winters 9 days ago

      Thank you for this read. I feel exactly the same as you. I have stopped talking to people I know voted for Trump and have vowed not to talk to them again until they admit they are wrong or he is ousted from office. I need to be vindicated. I watch the news all the time just to make sure nothing has happened while I was away. I’m nervous for all of us but still so angry. Why could people not have seen this coming. I have little to no faith in our congress. I feel like the world is upside down. So many other issues we are now facing. Everyday something new to worry about. This is a sh$t show without an ending. Again thanks for a dose of reality.

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      Oztinato 10 days ago from Australia

      I totally agree. The closer we get to impeachment the closer we get to nuclear war.

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      Catherine Giordano 10 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Ozinato: You take a much more dire view than I do. However, I do think Trump may start some kind of war either by accident (his impulsive and irrational behavior) or deliberately to provide cover for all his misdeeds. The moment of highest danger will be when Mueller reports his findings or indicts Jared and Don Jr.

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      Catherine Giordano 10 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Eric Dierker: Perhaps I should have put "Trump Anxiety Disorder" in quotes. It is not an official DSM disorder. It is just how people are describing the anxiety and even depression they are feeling. Some have even sought therapy because of it. There is nothing wrong about it.

      Second, if you read the book (especially Section II) that I based my article on, you will learn why there is nothing wrong with mental health experts reporting on the symptoms that they observe in Trump's behavior. There is nothing wrong about it. In fact, they are very right to warn us.

      I think Trump should be forced to undergo a mental health evaluation. Since there is no way that is going to happen, we are left with conclusions based on observations of his public behavior.

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      Oztinato 10 days ago from Australia

      Yes Donald turns my stomach and makes me feel like puking.

      Worse than that he is trying to pollute the environment with tracking and mining which will also make millions I'll.

      Plus he is hoping for a nuclear war so he can initiate martial law. Radiation will make millions sicken and die.

      So yes Donald is making people sick

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      Eric Dierker 10 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Catherine I want to thank you again for raising this/these issues. I did a little research in the DSM. there is an interesting issue/dichotomy here.

      People are diagnosing themselves with regard to disorders. Very bad. And people are diagnosing Trump with a session. Very bad.

      So we have a whole group of folks that do two very wrong things. Diagnose themselves and diagnose another without a session.

      So from here we see people using assumptions that are not valid medical protocol. Next they will convict people prior to a trial. A very slippery slope as now I diagnose some as nuts without a license.

      People who make decisions out of fear are not to be trusted. Fear destroys rational. (save fight of flight instinct which is not present here)

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      Catherine Giordano 10 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Kenna McHugh: It is a wise policy for you personally. However, it is people who do not pay attention to politics or who do not speak out that allow unfit people to get elected. The we all suffer the consequences.

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      Madan 10 days ago from Abu Dhabi

      This is very extreme view. I feel for an intelligent person, facts can be presented anyway to justify a proposition. Hence this writer had made interpretations which only he can explain. All sorts of theories are being floated short of saying he is insane. His election by the US people is forgotten and by passing all these comments is really an insult to the common American who elected him. Mark my words Trump will complete his term and again win in 2020. A few people interpreting and arguing intelligentally that he is nuts will have no effect.

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      Kenna McHugh 11 days ago from Northern California

      I never get into politics. Two opposing ideas can never agree on anything.

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      Wild Bill 11 days ago

      This is the name I always use to make comments, so a coward I am not.

      As for leaving my comments up, I hope you do. The people here who, like you, are letting someone on the news give you enough anxiety that it makes you ill should know that it is silly and weak minded. If it shortens some lives then so be it. Evolution is about survival of the fittest.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Wild Bill: Your comment speaks for itself exemplifying my worst fears. I hope everyone reads it. I notice that you were too much of a coward to put your name to it.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Nikki Khan: Thank you for your support. I too hope it will be all over soon. I just wish the Mueller investigation could proceed faster. On top of being "not right in the head" as my mother would have described it, Trump has committed many crimes, both before the election and since.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Linda Crampton: Trump's "craziness" is so obvious, it doesn't matter what you call it. Would it help your uneasiness if they prefaced everything with "It looks like Trump has.... and then named the disorder. The mental health professionals felt that Trump is so clearly dangerous that they had a duty to warn.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you Nikki Khan for your support. This morning, the news showed me riots in Palestine and Israel because of Trump's stupidity--people are dying. I don't no how the Trump era ends-or when- of how the world picks up the pieces-if anything is left to be picked up. Excuse my run-on sentence--it is so hard to cope with bad news on top of bad news. Everyday more bad news.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Jill Spencer: If it's a joke, the joke is on us.--the good decent people of this country. It feels more like a nightmare. Did you ever have a bad dream and you know it is a bad dream, but you just can't wake up. This is like that kind of band dream.

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Kari Poulsen: I grew up in New York. Donald Trump was always a joke. And, as you say, a slime. I too want to believe that the American people are good decent people, but even with all that has happened since the election, a third of the country still approves of him.

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      Wild Bill 11 days ago

      This is sweet music to my ears! I loved seeing the anti-Trumps throwing their hissy fits during the post election protests. I am also happy to see that the liberal media is also stressing you guys out to the point that it effects your health. It is good to thin out the weak ones from the herd!

      Between that and the liberal pc’ers eating their own, there shouldn’t be a Democratic Party during the next election!

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      Nikki Khan 11 days ago from London

      Hi Catherine,

      what a beautifully written article,Trump is giving us all anxiety disorder of course.I like this book on amazon,will definitely give it a read.

      You have got five stars for this amazing hub,I just loved it.

      Hopefully Trump will be out soon.

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      Linda Crampton 11 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I think that Trump's behaviour is disgusting and sickening. I'm very worried about the future and I understand your anxiety. Trump's presidency could cause serious consequences for humanity and the Earth.

      One thing that makes me slightly uneasy is the diagnosis of Trump's personality disorders by observers, however. It certainly seems to me that these disorders exist, but I'm not a psychiatrist. I know that some psychiatrists say that they exist as well, as you describe. They haven't counselled or treated Trump, though (as far as I know). Their diagnosis from observations of his behaviour may very well be correct and make a lot of sense to me. I'm uncomfortable when people—even professionals—claim that others have specific behavioural or psychiatric problems without personally interacting with them in a counselling setting, though.

      Thank you for creating this interesting, informative, and thought-provoking article, Catherine.

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      Nikki Khan 11 days ago from London

      Wow,,just amazing,, another terrific good study on Trump who’s making others having anxiety disorders.Book looks so good,,will definitely read it out.

      Of course, we want to keep ourselves updated with recent politics as with Trump and our prime Minister Theresa May, you cannot take any chances.

      Trump is more worse though,,now today’s news: Trump has shifted American embassy in Bait up Makdas ,a rioted area for phelestinions and Iseralies,,everything he does is only to irritate others.

      Just crossing my fingers for him to go sooner,so this mental trauma for people an end.

      Your hub is amazing , loved it all.

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      Jill Spencer 11 days ago from United States

      I'm experiencing "I can't believe this." Behaviors, events are so extreme they seem unreal to me. I've experienced it since the morning after the election, when I saw the results and said to my husband, "This is a joke, right? He couldn't have really won."

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      Kari Poulsen 11 days ago from Ohio

      Catherine, Thanks for putting a name to something I have. My psychiatrist told me to stop watching the news. It was increasing my anxiety too much. I grew up in NJ and Trump was continuously in the news. I thought he was a slime since the 1980's. I agree it hurts to know people who voted for him. Like you, I will not ask people who they voted for. I still do not understand how he made it to office. I still believe that America is mainly filled with decent people. Could I be wrong? I hope not!

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      Catherine Giordano 11 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Lela: Thank you for sharing your story. I think it helps to know that others are experiencing the same pain. You are not alone. And your feelings are valid. (Someone told me I was going "overboard.") I think that when we understand why we are having such a visceral reaction to Donald Trump we can have a better understanding of how to cope. (P.S. Someone told me that his psychiatrist friend told him that he had 6 new patients who started seeing him because of Trump. ) This is real and is probably affecting millions.

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      Lela 11 days ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Wow! You hit the nail on the head! I too experienced a childhood trauma and trump tottally brings up those long depressing memories. He is everything I have fought against in my life. A domineering man who only cares about his own gratification and no one else's. I quit calling my family members and friends that voted for him. He makes my skin crawl. He epitomizes every bad quality of the average American with none of the good qualities.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      McKenna Meyers: Thank you for your tips for staying sane in a crazy world. My son is in his 20's and you are right about staying positive for them. Sometimes I feel optimistic that we can end this reign of terror and set things right again But 2018 is a long way off and so is the conclusion of Mueller's investigation. A p-grabber in the White House; I hope we don't have to have a child molester in the Senate.

      Writing this piece was an exercise in catharsis. I promised myself I would now spend the rest of the week reading (I'm reading a book about Buddhist meditation--that should come in handy) and gardening.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Ann Carr: Thank you for your support. Yes, Trump is destabilizing the Mid-East today. Every day there is a new terrifying thing. And you are right, it is not only Americans threatened, but the whole world.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Eric Dierker: Thank you for adding this new comment. For the record, I don't think my fears are baseless and neither do many mental health professionals. I gave the basis for the fears in the long list included in my article and that was merely a partial list.

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      Eric Dierker 12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thought more on it also. I think the "disorder" is very real. It really does not matter if there is a reasonable basis. Our minds don't need to be rational. And think for many the disorder is well founded.

      We should never discount the fears and anxiety of another. I hope I did not do that.

      I appreciate your comments as I do this article.

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      Ann Carr 12 days ago from SW England

      It's not only in the US, Catherine. I have the same feelings every time I see him on the television; he makes my skin crawl, always did, but now he's a dangerous person at the head of the most powerful country in the world! I find that terrifying and I can understand how you must feel.

      I don't think the alternative choice was good but certainly much better than him. At least Hillary is not deranged.

      I hate watching morning tv as there are so many depressing things going on but he is often at the centre of them - I gather this morning that he's trying to change the political geography of Israel!

      Great piece and I'm going to look for that book. Well done.

      Ann

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      McKenna Meyers 12 days ago from Bend, OR

      Because I have teenagers, I must stay positive and not let them see how terrified I am of Trump. We talk about him, but I don't reveal all my fears. They need to have hope for the future and go about planning their lives. But every day it seems to get worse, and I don't see an end. I know that feeling powerless contributes to depression so I'm trying to take control of my life in some little ways--limiting my exposure to the news, meditating, exercising, writing, coloring, and painting. Like you, Catherine, I'm trusting people less and I really don't want to know which friends and relatives support Trump--too scary.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      FlourishAnyway: I know what you mean about kicking off before the wore kicks in, but I worry about the people who are not so lucky(?). When you said people are ashamed of their bumper stickers, I think you meant to say "and they should be." "Shouldn't be" doesn't fit with the context of your comment. P.S. My Hillary sticker is still on my car.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Eric Dierker: I thought some more about your comment. I realized that, just like you, I don't personally know many of the kinds of people who are being negatively impacted by Trump's policies. However, I know ABOUT these people because I am an avid consumer of news.

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      FlourishAnyway 12 days ago from USA

      Yes, yes, and yes. I just hope that unhealthy diet of daily Big Macs kicks in pronto before we all go down with him. I find it curious that a lot of Trump 2016 bumper stickers have disappeared. People are ashamed and they shouldn’t be. I feel the same way about people I know who voted for him. I really didn’t know them after all. I’m disgusted with them AND those who didn’t vote at all or voted for a third party candidate. This was a clear choice between misogyny, hate, and bigotry and equality.

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      Catherine Giordano 12 days ago from Orlando Florida

      Eric Dierker: I wonder why you did not comment on the main thesis of my article--the conclusion that Donald Trump is borderline psychotic and people are scared because he is unfit to be president.

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      Eric Dierker 12 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done and nicely written.

      As we are a Christian family we gathered around for supper last night for prayers. Maybe a health issue or two. But generally we just gave thanks.

      I heard about these travesties of life as we know it. I looked for evidence of them (not including the BS on nightly news) and all I could find were blessings.

      I really feel bad for folks being evicted, losing jobs, homeless and more. But there is not one house in foreclosure within the miles of my home - yes I could make money if there were. I volunteer at a food bank and our numbers are down - attributable to more NGO's giving.

      there is a waiting list to get into a public school my son attends.

      I just do not see you people who are in dire straits. Where are they in my hood, 4 miles from the border?

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