WASHINGTON (Media General) – If Donald Trump is elected president in November, Adam Christgau has a simple plan: “I’m moving to Australia.”
The 33-year-old Los Angeles musician says, “I’m absolutely getting out. I already told my parents that. I’ve already told my friends that.”
Extreme Trump aversion isn’t unique to Christgau or millennials or Californians. In fact, psychologists are seeing so much angst sprouting from the rise of the Republican 2016 front-runner that it’s been dubbed “Trump anxiety.”
The Washington Post splashed a write up across the front page of its style section about psychological and massage therapies. NY Mag detailed the travails of marriages divided by allegiance to the brazen billionaire candidate.
Dr. Alison Howard, a clinical psychologist who practices in the affluent northwest part of Washington, D.C., has treated several patients battling anxiety due to Trump’s ascent.
“We’ve all had experience with people like him, either in our parents or friends or bullies,” explained Dr. Howard.
And those familiar feelings of fear are beginning to percolate in patients as they see Trump charge through primary season, armed with an endless supply of taunts. Trump shouted “Go home to mommy!” to a protester Monday during a North Carolina rally.
Dr. Howard is quick to point out that “this is a universal phenomenon; the feeling of anxiety about the unknown or uncertainty isn’t just a mental health issue. It’s a human issue.”
“Trump anxiety,” these days, certainly is not in short supply.
Tabetha and Kayla Bailey, a mother and daughter from North Carolina visiting the White House, harbor huge concerns about a Trump presidency.
Kayla, 19, said of the White House, “I think somebody will bomb it; nobody likes Trump.”
Tabetha worries, “If Trump moves in here, it will be all gold. It won’t be the White House anymore; it will be Trump International White House.”
Another pair of young voters visiting from Virginia, aged 19 and 20, fretted about Trump lacking “professionalism” but still coasting to the presidency.
Trump backers balk
Other voters are more optimistic about a Trump administration, spurning the idea of “Trump anxiety.”
Troy Baca and Cindy Knutson from Portland batted down detractors who whine about the GOP’s conservative swerve.
“We’re a minority amongst the Democrats,” chuckled Baca, noting Portland’s liberal reputation. He added of fellow GOPers thumping Trump, “It is anxiety of the Republican Party, specifically. They don’t want change. They want the status quo and they’ll do anything to keep it.”
“It’s a really interesting year; it’s going to be fun,” beamed Knutson.
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