Therapists report rise in mental trauma after Trump victory
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 11.11.16
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(Harrisburg) -- Students at a York public school reported an increase in racial slurs, hair pulling, shoving and threats last week, and a Bucks County school says it found swastikas and anti-gay slurs in bathrooms, along with pro-Donald Trump messages.
Therapists now say some clients who suffered sexual abuse are asking for more help.
For some women who have been sexually assaulted, Republican Donald Trump's victory triggered a memory of their own assault.
A 2005 video emerged last month where Trump brags he could grope a woman and get away with it.
Dr. Melissa Brown at PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg says she met with a client who spoke of her sexual assault for the first time ever because Trump's victory affected her so much.
Sam Pisano, a licensed professional counselor at Psychological Associates in Lancaster, says he's seen similar issues.
He says minorities are also concerned they'll lose their rights.
"That puts them in a rather helpless position. So the other thing I'm saying is you're going need to get involved in something. Find kindred spirits, find other individuals who are of like mind."
People who feel alone are being encouraged to find a group who share their beliefs, and work toward making a change they want to see.
Pisano says he had to add hours last week to accomodate the amount of urgent requests.
"People that have been bullied or harassed in grade school or high school who are now adults are experiencing sort of a resurge of anxiety and negative emotions," says Pisano.
Pisano says clients are also concerned they'll be targeted with overt racism, lose health insurance, be marginalized, or for women, face a pullback of their reproductive rights.
He says he has never seen so much trauma from a single election.
Published in Body & Mind