I normally don’t write about politics in this forum. I always try to reference topics that address issues of mental health that deal with the aftermath of abuse. We all know that abuse occurs in many forms and one of the forms that I want to address is what is occurring in the state of politics in our country.
This administration is implementing policies that is causing many of us to feel a sense of helplessness. We have window seats to attacks to our constitution and the media. We are watching someone institute policies that have either been poorly thought out if any thought has been given to them at all. Our allies, countries that have been in concert with us for decades have been alienated.
I realize that there has been a daily assault on the psyche of America. The assault can either be construed as positive or negative. This post is for those of us who have been feeling the not so great effects of this presidency.
For those of us that have been feeling depressed, anxious or downright upset with what is going on in our country…first and foremost, understand that you are not alone.
Many of us are feeling the effects of a presidency gone awry. We feel this sense of unease with a man who sides with dictators, locks people of color in cages and implements policies that will separate the classes so that that there will only be people that are poor and people that are rich. The middle class has once again been forgotten but this time it is in the guise of patriotism.
You are not alone.
We have seen this president lash out on any given day at the media, calling them the enemy of the people when the media is an outlet that he thrives on. He has challenged the constitution when the words written did not suit his purpose or agenda. He has attacked everyone from his political enemies to NFL players, all in the name of showing his superiority. He does not have the wisdom to see that this has done everything but.
Understand that what you are feeling is completely normal. You are simply responding to a narcissistic person who must be in the news cycle two-four-seven.
We have never had a president who interjects himself into the lives of the American people daily. And for those of us that feel down, anxious and depressed, please understand that you are not alone and what you feel is not out of the ordinary. A president should only be in the news cycle if he or she is doing something of major significance and not because he needs to have the world talking about him every minute of every day. We have a president who interjects himself into the lives of the American people if for no other reason to assure himself that the has a group of people that will support him no matter what he does.
The interjection that the president commands and is granted happily by the media in the guise of providing up to date, live and breaking news coverage is toxic in and of itself. The non-stop media coverage is poisoning our psyche, taking away from the everyday peace and tranquility of our daily mindset.
You want to do something, but you don’t know what to do. Obviously, you want to get out and vote hoping that it means something; but it’s hard when you know that the president of the United States is inviting a foreign adversary to meddle in our elections for his benefit and he has a base that is lock step in keeping his administration in place.
We know that the independents, progressives and democrats need to come out to support the candidate that wins the nomination for the democratic party. But what do you do in the interim?
For those of us who are feeling this overwhelming sense of helplessness, how do you keep your sanity when the media is constantly giving the president the platform he needs to access your life?
For some of us, the answer is getting involved. This simple act will help you feel as if you are doing something to combat what the president is doing. If you go to church, find out what your church is doing to help the people that are in cages. Volunteer with the democratic party and assist in any way that you can.
I decided a long time ago that I needed to write as a way of dealing with this administration. We know how bad it is. This is my way of keeping my sanity.
Keeping your sanity is the most important thing you can do. That is understood more than you know.
Below is a listing of websites that may be of assistance to you.
Just a note: These are resources that I have come across that may prove helpful to you. Please understand, I am NOT recommending or endorsing any of them. It is up to you to determine if they offer something you need and whether it is appropriate for your situation.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI State List:
NAMI Arkansas http://www.namiarkansas.org
NAMI Hawaii State
NAMI New Hampshire
NAMI New Jersey
NAMI New Mexico
NAMI New York State
NAMI North Carolina
NAMI North Dakota
NAMI Rhode Island
NAMI South Dakota
NAMI South Carolina
NAMI Of Vermont
NAMI West Virginia
NAMI is currently rebuilding a NAMI State Organization in WV. Stay up-to-date on the process at Nami WV State
NAMI Wisconsin Inc.
ANXIETY / PANIC
I sincerely hope that you found this entry informative and of assistance to you.
~ J.L. Whitehead