Therapists around the country are reporting an uptick in patients seeking to voice their anxieties about the popularity of Donald Trump’s candidacy, The Washington Post reports.
“We have these social mores and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it,” psychologist Alison Howard told The Post. She said she has seen two patients in recent days complaining about the GOP frontrunner.
Therapists said that many of these patients express dismay at the thought of others supporting the New York real estate developer.
A New York City psychologist, Judith Levy, said she recently met a middle-aged woman who “was so upset and worried that she could have a sister — someone so close to her — who would have zero problem with Trump.”
Levy continued to say that Trump’s apparent care-free attitude has people worried, “Part of the reason he makes people so anxious is that he has no anxiety himself. It’s frightening. I’m starting to feel anxious just talking about him.”
Folks stressing out about Trump is not only confined to the offices of therapists, take a quick peek at Twitter.
the fact that trump is winning in a some states scares me like people who actually support everything he stands for exist…..
— brat (@mariasirens) March 2, 2016
Trump becoming president genuinely scares me
— cat lady (@phoeebus) March 2, 2016
I’m in denial that someone like Trump could actually win the election, But what if he does? That scares me so badly. This is REAL. Wake up.
— ⠀ (@youloveriah) February 29, 2016
Ken Goldstein, a Los Angeles businessman, told the Post about how he was shocked to find out his associate supported Trump. “You just realize you have nothing more to say to that person.”
He added, “Who are these people? Are they at the grocery store, are they sitting next to me at Dodger Stadium? That makes me nervous.”
People are so stressed about Trump, that they are even giving their massage therapists anxiety. One masseuse recounted to WaPo about how many of her patients have been venting about the New York real estate developer and it, “stress[ed] me out to listen to it.”
She continued to say, “I can’t give you a good massage if I’m grabbing your shoulders like Donald Trump’s orange face.”