Group Therapy

Is the President of the United State nuts? Although not always phrased quite that way, it’s a question that has become an obsession in some circles. It’s also a question that tends to obscure a related, but even broader topic. Is the President of the United States driving the rest of us nuts? That question doesn’t appear in nearly as many headlines, but, in one way or another, it makes an appearance on therapist couches across the country. From Politico Magazine: Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast. “During normal times, therapists say, their sessions deal with familiar themes: relationships, self-esteem, everyday coping. Current events don’t usually invade. But numerous counselors said Trump and his convulsive effect on America’s national conversation are giving politics a prominence on the psychologist’s couch.” (I’m guessing that even the most experienced psychotherapists didn’t enter this week with the expectation of spending full fifty-minute sessions discussing Kanye West.) Ironically, your shrink’s troubled obsession with Trump news is probably as bad as — if not worse than — yours. I could say much more on this topic, but unfortunately, our time is up.

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