Anxiety and the Trump Presidency
The election of President Trump has caused much anxiety for Americans, both Democrats and Republicans alike. Unfortunately, many do not associate their anxieties with politics or just don’t want to talk about it. But anxiety does not have to be caused solely by politics – it could also stem from other things such as stress or having a difficult day.
Recent survey results show that a majority of Americans are feeling stressed out due to the current political environment. This finding comes from the American Psychological Association’s annual “Stress in America” survey, which asked respondents if they felt stressed about what the future holds for our nation.
Some therapists have noticed a marked increase in stress levels among their clients due to the recent election and presidential campaign. Signs include lack of sleep, feelings of losing control, and excessive use of social media.
These patients have sought various treatments to relieve their political stress. Some have gone to a psychiatrist for Xanax or antidepressants, while others are seeking therapy in order to work through the frustrations caused by political disagreements.
Soon after the election, some therapists noticed an uptick in patients experiencing anxiety about the Trump administration and its policies. One example is a Washington, D.C. therapist treating a client who worked for the administration and was feeling increasingly concerned about both his job security and family relationships.
Another therapist in New York reported an uptick in patients who expressed political anxieties, including those worried about both the country’s future and their own role within it. She noted a noticeable spike in those needing to speak directly with her about Trump’s concerns; these worries had become so intense that they needed physical interaction for comfort.
A small number of these people have a diagnosed mental illness or psychological condition, such as anxiety or depression that makes them particularly vulnerable to the effects of Trump’s presidency. This poses a serious problem, particularly for the elderly or those who have already experienced anxiety or depression in the past.
There are various strategies to combat the effect of a Trump presidency on your mental health, from altering how you approach the situation to taking proactive steps to avoid it. Most importantly, make sure to prevent yourself from feeling stressed out in the first place by taking proactive measures.
Some of the best ways to combat stress related to a Trump presidency are through your lifestyle decisions and how you respond to what’s around you. By limiting time spent on social media, limiting exposure to news and information, and engaging with friends and families, you can reduce stress levels from this new administration.
The best strategy for dealing with anxiety is being proactive and doing your part to make the world a better place. Not only will this give you a feeling of accomplishment, but it can actually boost your self-assurance in solving problems.