December 3, 2004


Suffering the Democrat blues: The rise of Post-Election Selection Trauma in the USA shows just how personal the political has become. (Helen Searls, 12/03/04, Spiked)

The reaction to the re-election of President George W Bush clearly illustrates what politics has become in contemporary America.

Waking up to the results at the start of November, much of the nation seemed instantly to spiral into a deep and desperate depression. Some John Kerry supporters phoned in sick for work, others complained of a loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. Everywhere anti-Bush campaigners could be found huddled together in dejected and despondent groups, talking openly about their despair and disbelief.

Within days, therapists and psychiatrists confirmed that in many areas of the country - in both red and blue states - there had been a surge in patients suffering from stress and depression.

Newspapers, radio stations and TV channels inundated us with reports of Kerry supporters rushing to the couch exhibiting signs of 'hopelessness' and 'helplessness'. As Susan Brooks, a clinical social worker in Wisconsin, explained: 'Patients who I've had for a long time have come in absolutely devastated over the fact that the election went the way it did. They were just terribly distraught and continue to be terribly distraught.'

The Election that just keeps on giving....

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2004 12:50 PM

When you insist that the personal is political
this is what you get.

Posted by: J.H. at December 3, 2004 1:31 PM


Posted by: joe shropshire at December 3, 2004 2:02 PM

This is ridiculous. I would have been dissapointed if Bush lost but it would have been similar to having your favorite team lose the championship game - you're a lttle bummed for a day then life goes on.

These people sound like the type that spent hours worrying over whether Ross and Rachel would ever get together.

Posted by: AWW at December 3, 2004 2:34 PM

Who are Ross and Rachel?

Posted by: Earl Sutherland at December 3, 2004 3:59 PM

Earl - remember "Friends"? I thought not...

Posted by: JB at December 3, 2004 4:22 PM

I had a liberal friend over for dinner last night and spent 3 hours counseling him for his PEST. He was concerned because the whole world hates us and may unite to wage war against us, worried that the election might have been swung by Republican fraud, fearful that deficit spending will drive us to bankruptcy, that competition from superior European manufacturers, who unlike us are unhindered by personal ambition and office politics among their employees, and inexpensive Chinese will render us uncompetitive in any occupation at all.

I assured him that Republicans would be in charge for the next 50 years and that, for his own sanity, he should take up some form of entertainment other than politics. Strangely enough, he left happier than he arrived.

Posted by: pj at December 3, 2004 4:33 PM

That's what happens when the losing party bases it's campaign on false statements designed to induce hysteria. The smarter majority can see through the nonsense, but the dimwits who can't go even further off the deep end after losing.

Posted by: Steve at December 3, 2004 10:49 PM

If people are delusional, they *need* help. I wonder if they're actually getting any, though.

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 4, 2004 7:36 AM

Kerry has plenty of money left in his till - if he wants a leg up on 2008, he should pay for counseling.

Posted by: ratbert at December 4, 2004 10:47 PM