Sen. Rand Paul earlier this month dropped the term out there: Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The Kentucky Republican said the nonstop barrage of negative news in the media about President Trump is “all about partisan politics now. This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this,” Paul said.
Trump loved the term, tweeting it out himself the next day:
Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that TDS may, in fact, be a real thing.
Therapists across the United States say that ever since president Donald Trump took office patients have been experiencing more anxiety – and it’s affecting both Trump critics and supporters.
Several therapists spoke to Canada’s CBC News saying that many of their patients have a fear about the country’s future and if Trump will ‘blow us all up.’
“There is a fear of the world ending,” DC therapist Elisabeth LaMotte said. “It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”
CBC News actually calls the malady “Trump Anxiety Disorder.”
In a 2017 essay for a book co-edited by psychiatrists from Harvard Medical School and the Yale School of Medicine, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning of Evanston, Ill., called the condition “Trump Anxiety Disorder,” distinguishing it from a generalized anxiety disorder because “symptoms were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate.”
Though not an official diagnosis, the symptoms include feeling a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what’s happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media, she said.
But CBC News says Trump supporters also suffer from anxiety.
Some Trump supporters also report feeling more stressed, confiding to therapists that uncivil discourse and attacks on the president were causing them anxiety.
Washington therapist Steve Stosny recounted how an official with the Trump administration came to see him not long ago. At work, the official explained, he felt anxious about his high-pressure job in a highly scrutinized White House. At home, he faced a more personal turmoil: his liberal-leaning family grew to resent him for working for Trump.
“His daughter was starting to hate him,” Stosny said. “It was very hard on his spouse, too. The wife couldn’t take it anymore. It’s tough when one spouse is at war with the children.”
Luckily, this is America, so every sufferer can go their doctor and get a pill to fix their problems.