It started off as a joke among conservatives. But so-called “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is actually a legitimate health condition, say psychiatrists – and one that afflicts millions of Americans who obsessively hate the President.
According to Elisabeth LaMotte, founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Trump Derangement Syndrome is characterized by “collective anxiety” stemming from patients having “a fear of the world ending,” simply because Donald Trump is their President.
Also known as “Trump Anxiety Disorder,” the condition has reportedly been on the rise ever since the 2016 presidential election. Mental health professionals all across the country are reporting “unusually high levels of politics-related stress in their practices,” and there’s one major culprit: the mainstream media.
“It’s maybe not surprising given the relentlessly negative headlines and politically divisive climate,” says LaMotte, noting that the Trump-hating media is what’s fueling this epidemic of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The condition’s symptoms include “a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what’s happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media,” she says.
Clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning, the individual who coined the condition’s alternate name of Trump Anxiety Disorder, says that “intense consumption of media coverage of this presidency is making some people’s Trump-related anxiety worse.”
To see Trump Derangement Syndrome in action, check out the video clip below