Psychological Warfare: The Mental Health Profession Wages Malpractice against Trump Voters

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So-called “therapists” are waging psychological warfare on Americans under cover of “counseling.”

The L.A. Times has published a “local” story on how therapists are working as political propagandists, but the psychological warfare is not limited to the Left Coast. Reporter Soumya Karlamangla begins her story thus:

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.

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Drake was trained not to reveal her personal beliefs, but now will agree with clients if they say they don’t support Trump.

“If this were just another session, if this weren’t such a big thing, if this weren’t so evil, I wouldn’t,” she said. “But I have to stand for what I stand for and that does cross over into politics.”

Great “therapy”! When you get clients suffering from delusional paranoia, support the delusions.

If Hillary had won and Drake heard of another therapist who behaved the same with clients who were upset that she was President, I have little doubt that Drake would have accused him or her of medical malpractice.

Worse, there are plenty of Trump voters who are also suffering:

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.

But this article informs anyone considering turning to a therapist because they feel isolated that the therapist might intensify such feelings. Is the therapist going to use his or her authority to practice psychological warfare instead of counseling?

The story states that some therapists are maintaining their neutrality, but it never acts like it is wrong for the others to abandon it. That is, objectively, what they have done: betray their profession by renouncing the standards that make it what it is.

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.”

These issues haven’t gone away now that Trump is president, Doherty said. He formed a group last month called Citizen Therapists for Democracy to consider issues raised by Trump’s presidency. Therapists aren’t accustomed to advising patients on how to handle this kind of “public stress,” since psychotherapy has traditionally been limited to private lives and psychology, he said.

Therapists “aren’t accustomed” to acting that way towards patients because they weren’t allowed to do so by the disciplines of the profession. Now they are being faithless and getting away with it. A few are upholding those standards, but they have now become optional.

And everyone who has voted for Trump has now been put on notice that the professionals are ready to condemn them for it. In addition to fake news we now have fake therapy.

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