In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain. 

‘It’s just a nightmare,’ said Drake, who practices in West L.A…

Therapists nationwide say they’ve been overwhelmed by the strong feelings triggered by one of the most divisive figures in modern political history.

Some patients who support Trump say they feel isolated because they can’t share who they voted for in their workplace or home for fear of being harassed or called xenophobic or misogynistic. With few people to talk to freely, they turn to online forums and their therapists.

Opening up about voting for Trump has already stoked conflict with family and friends. One therapist mediated a case in which an adult son threatened to cut off his relationship with his parents because they voted for Trump.

This is what happens when people become too obsessed with politics, seeing it as the be-all-end-all of their lives. This is a particular risk for those on the political left, who tend to see the big government as a benevolent force in all aspects of life – the shock of seeing their secular deity falling into the hands of the enemy might prove too much to take; hence the unhinging. This is also what happens when people fall for their own or the media’s overheated and hyperbolic rhetoric and start believing in fascism, the new Hitler, environmental Armageddon, or political crisis. Perspective, people, perspective. 

Over the summer, William Doherty, a professor at the University of Minnesota and a therapist in St. Paul, published a manifesto online declaring Trump a unique threat to America’s mental health. More than 3,800 therapists signed it. 

Doherty wrote that Trump’s campaign was creating widespread alienation and fear among Americans. Trump was normalizing behavior that therapists fight to reverse, including ‘the tendency to blame others in our lives for our personal fears and insecurities,’ he said, and ‘a kind of hyper-masculinity that is antithetical to the examined life and healthy relationships.’

If the Trump phenomenon revealed anything, it’s the extent to which various institutions, professions and organisations have been over the past few decades taken over by the cultural left. Perhaps the greatest Marxist of all time is not Karl himself, who, however influential, has been proven wrong about just about everything he wrote, but Antonio Gramsci, who wrote about the crucial importance of cultural hegemony as opposed to the Marxian obsession with “economic hegemony” of the ruling class. Gramsci influenced generations of the New Left like Rudi Dutschke, who coined the famous phrase ‘long march through the institutions’ to describe with a somewhat Maoist allusion the preferred tactic of taking over the means of cultural, as opposed to economic, production as a prelude to revolution. The cultural left is now marching right into your head.