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Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A.
Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A.
President Donald Trump

How Trump Supporters Can Avoid PTSD

Respectfully ask Trump to show his tax returns

If you're a Trump supporter, you have no doubt been frustrated and disappointed by "government as usual" and "business as usual" (with the rich getting richer and you getting poorer).

I would even take it a step further to say that many of you have had a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the past couple decades. My view of PTSD (and I wrote PTSD for Dummies and was interviewed for: Do you have financial PTSD?) is that it occurs when you've gone through something so horrendous that you don't believe you could make it through it again. And so you develop many of the symptoms of psychic numbing, withdrawal, hypersensitivity (in this case to additional "let downs" or disappointments in anything or anyone you believe in).

It's very possible that many of you have what would be called Complex PTSD which essentially means chronic trauma that hasn't let up.

And it appears, many of you have taken your frustrations out by supporting Donald Trump who you're believing when he says, "I alone can fix everything." I can understand wanting a white (no racial slur intended) knight or a silver bullet that can fix everything.

Here is my concern for you. I'm guessing that part of the reason you've pinned all your hopes on Trump is that you are so weary and wary of trusting government and business to do the right thing when it comes to what you need to both thrive and merely survive.

If you're like me, it can re-traumatize you when you decide to put all your trust and confidence in something or someone (almost out of desperation) after you've been let down so many times and it turns out that what you thought was a sure thing turns out to be a disaster. When that happens it leaves you even worse off than when you put your trust in it (or him).

You're worse off because:

  1. You feel foolish for every having believed it would work
  2. You get angry at the person who let you down
  3. You get angry and depressed at not knowing better
  4. You now have to pick yourself up out of your deep hole having wasted money, effort and time you won't get back to just get to where you were before (think of the people who lost money in Trump University or Trump properties)

That is why I think you would do well to respectfully ask Donald Trump to reveal his tax returns.

There is a saying that you don't really know a person until you've seen him or her when they're drunk, angry and how they spend their money.

You're unlikely to see Trump drunk (if we haven't already seen it), but you have seen him when he's angry (and he seems to not be able to take too much criticism, even though he can dish it out). I think if you ask him to please show his tax returns, you'll be able to find out more about the person you're putting all of your hopes on.

Don't do it for me. Do it for yourself, because I don't think you want to be re-traumatized by trusting, believing and having confidence in yet another person only to find out that as right as you thought you were is as wrong as you turned out to be.

About the Author
Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A.

Mark Goulston, M.D., the author of the book Just Listen, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute.

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