The increasingly realistic possibility of Donald Trump becoming president has provoked so much shock and anxiety among New Yorkers that therapists have reported an uptick in references to Trump among their patients, the Washington Post reported.
Judith Schweiger Levy, psychologist on the Upper West Side, told the paper she noticed more reports about the billionaire among her patients. Some were horrified by how close to home Trump hit. She recalled an example of a middle-aged businesswoman trying to make sense of her sister’s support for him.
“She was so upset and worried that she could have a sister — someone so close to her — who would have zero problem with Trump,” Levy told the Post. “Another patient — also a woman — all she could talk about was Trump and how he’s crazy and frightening.”
These New Yorkers are not alone in their anxiety.
According to a January national poll from ABC-Washington Post, about 7 out of 10 Americans said that the idea of Donald Trump becoming president makes them anxious. Fifty-one percent of those polled said they were "very anxious."
Another psychologist, Mary Libbey, who works on Central Park West, didn’t report any references to Trump among her patients, but expressed her terror over Trump to friends and colleagues.
“It helps me to talk about it,” she told the Post. “I’m terrified that he could win. His impulsivity, his incomplete sentences, his strange, squinty eyes — to my mind, he’s a loosely held-together person.”
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