Liberal voters psychologically disturbed by the election of Donald Trump are seeking out care from mental health professionals, while colleges across the country seek to help students facing similar mental health crises in the wake of Trump’s surprise victory, according to interviews and reports.
Mental health professionals practicing in Washington, D.C. described an unprecedented increase in patients worried about the country’s future as a result of Trump’s victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.
“This is very different,” said David Sternberg, founder and director of D.C. Talk Therapy, a psychotherapy group that practices in the District’s upscale Woodley Park neighborhood.
“This is pretty unprecedented,” Sternberg said, explaining that patients are expressing feelings of “anger, frustration, anxiety, [and] sadness.”
“A lot of current patients and clients have wanted to talk about the election,” he said, adding that moods are “the reverse” of what many patients felt in 2008 after the election of Barack Obama.