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Friday, November 12, 2004
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You're probably a Democrat if you've got a psychotherapist's number on speed dial. You're almost certainly a Democrat if you need trauma counseling when your candidate loses an election.
When the mighty Kerry struck out on Tuesday, Bay Area voters in their Dump Bush T-shirts found themselves on a salt shore. Of the eight patients San Francisco psychotherapist Frances Verrinder saw Wednesday, seven were upset and frightened to the point of tears.
In another part of town, Joyce Renaker began "eating chocolate and speaking in obscenities."
"Where do we hang our hope? For years I've been hanging it on the election," she said. "I'm floundering, disoriented."
Vicki Cormack found her neighbor on her knees, weeping. Ron Armstrong of San Francisco is waiting for his upstairs tenant to come out of his depression so he can ask him for the rent check.
More than a dozen traumatized John Kerry supporters have sought and received therapy from a licensed Florida psychologist since their candidate lost to President Bush, the Boca Raton News learned Monday.
Boca Raton trauma specialist Douglas Schooler said he has treated 15 clients and friends with "intense hypnotherapy" since the Democratic nominee conceded last Wednesday.
"I had one friend tell me he’s never been so depressed and angry in his life," Schooler said. "I observed patients threatening to leave the country or staring listlessly into space. They were emotionally paralyzed, shocked and devastated."
"We're calling it 'post-election selection trauma' and we’re working to develop a counseling program for it," said Rob Gordon, the Boca-based executive director of the American Health Association.
…to the set of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" in New York…
VINCENT D'Onofrio, the star of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," passed out while shooting the hit TV series yesterday morning — prompting insiders to gossip that the actor is "losing it."
"Ever since John Kerry lost the election, [D'Onofrio] has lost his [bleep,]" said our on-set insider.
"He has been getting into fistfights with people, and when he passed out today, we all thought he was faking it. But then he insisted they call 911."
An ambulance raced to the Queens studio, where paramedics found nothing wrong with the gifted actor, who became a star in 1987 with his searing performance as a misfit Marine in "Full Metal Jacket."
D'Onofrio, a big Kerry supporter, was said to be devastated over President Bush's re-election. "When PAGE SIX [last week] wrote about 'Law & Order' putting up signs forbidding political discussions on set, it was funny," our source said. "Those signs were put up because of [D'Onofrio]."
About a month before the election, D'Onofrio "insisted" on putting up anti-Bush posters and fliers, "and would attack anyone who disagreed with him," the spy added.
In response, "Law & Order" producers posted signs banning political discussions or anything else that would impede work on set, implying that D'Onofrio had held up taping of the show with his political zealotry.
…to the District of Columbia and elsewhere.
Again and again, mental health professionals cite reactions to the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, to capture the mood of grief and loss they are seeing in many patients who counted themselves among the losers in last week's election.
"People are in absolute post-traumatic stress and total despair and pretty much believe American society is permanently destroyed," says Renana Brooks, a Washington, D.C., clinical psychologist whose practice was flooded with calls on Wednesday morning. "That's what I've been hearing all day…. It looks to me like a worse trauma than 9/11." Brooks is a also a presidential scholar at the Sommet Institute for the Study of Power and a critic of President Bush.
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