New York City’s fragile collective mental stability is apparently nearing the breaking point. The New York Post reported this week that therapist in the Big Apple are preparing for “an avalanche of petrified patients” to descend on their offices after the election on Tuesday, no matter who actually wins the contest.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in terms of the level of fear, anxiety and anger that this is provoking in people on both sides,” psychologist Chloe Carmichael told the paper. “People are feeling like this is a life and death situation.”
Another therapist told The Post that her practice has been filled with patients unable to talk about anything other than the upcoming election.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are many people calling crisis hotlines or texting their therapists or patients,” she said of Election Day. “People are not feeling safe. That’s the challenge we are in. They need to feel safe. This is like exponential 9/11.”
Carmichael told the Post that people on both sides of the political aisle are anxious about the election:
Carmichael said “the element of uncertainty is making everything worse. There’s a chance that we won’t know on election night what the results are. It’s hard to come to a place of acceptance if we literally don’t even know what we are accepting.”
She said her right-leaning patients fear if Biden is elected, “the market will tank because those are some of the things that Trump says. People who support Biden fear Trump may get into a nuclear standoff and sell us out to Russia.”
After Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, Carmichael had “a significant amount of clients who had to do their sessions by video that day. They couldn’t get out of bed. They didn’t want to leave their home. The Trump voters bounced into the office bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with elation.”
Sorry, but the idea that Trump supporters are going to be lying on their therapists’ couches if Biden wins the election is…hard for us to imagine. Yes, we’ll grant you: There will be some dismay. And if there are signs that the left cheated their way to victory, there will be warranted rage. But depression? “Anxiety”? The need to sit on a couch and spill our guts to a therapist? Um, no.
On the other hand, it’s quite easy for us to imagine progressives getting so upset about a Trump victory that they descend into even greater depths of mental instability than they’ve exhibited for the last four years. Those are the people these doctors need to be concerned about, and, frankly, we’re pretty sure that’s exactly what they’re talking about.
They’re saying it’s “both sides,” but we all know better, now don’t we?