“If you look deep into politics right now, what you find is a very troubled heart and soul.” – Kevin Smith, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln political scientist
OPINION | Anxiety, insomnia, tears, high blood pressure disrupt lives of anti-Trumpers
Sep 25, 2019 |
Fast Company – Two defining features of the Trump presidency are conflict and chaos. From the moment he took the oath of office, waves of criticism followed him wherever he went.
Now, as the House begins to build a potential case for impeachment, political discourse will only become more strained, taking a toll on the American people.
Take Kimberly Allen, 67, from Takoma Park, Maryland, a retired strategic planning officer for the Law Library of Congress.
She can’t sleep, and she finds herself prone to bouts of anxiety and uncontrollable tears of frustration.
She’s now taking blood pressure medication after a lifetime of low-to-normal readings.
She has to resist the urge to indulge in comfort foods, such as ice cream and chips.
And, often, after finally falling asleep at 2 or 3 a.m., she can’t get out of bed in the morning.
She is convinced she knows exactly why all this is happening. She blames it on the president:
“Every day Trump does harm to people, animals, the environment, our relations with foreign nations. I ask myself why anyone would want to make the world a worse place to live, to leave nothing for their children and grandchildren. I wake up each day wondering what fresh new horror is coming. Although I know it’s not healthy for me, the first thing I do is check the news.”
Allen can take some comfort in knowing she’s not the only one whose body is rebelling against the current state of affairs.
New research suggests that, since the 2016 election, politics have been making Americans physically and emotionally ill.
“Increasingly we are seeing things in moral and existential terms,” said Kevin Smith, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln political scientist who led the study. Read more.