Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Just What We Need; Another "Syndrome"

Of all of the self-indulgent crap that Ive heard of, this takes the prize......at least for today:

Traumatized Kerry supporters in Florida seek therapy: report

MIAMI (AFP) - Shocked supporters of defeated US presidential candidate John Kerry are seeking help from psychologists, who refer to their condition as "post-election selection trauma."

The Boca Raton News reported Tuesday that Palm Beach, Florida trauma specialist Douglas Schooler alone has already treated 15 clients and friends with intense hypnotherapy since the Democratic candidate conceded on November 3.

"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," he told the daily.

"We're calling it 'post-election selection trauma' and we're working to develop a counseling program for it," said Rob Gordon, the Boca Raton-based executive director of the American Health Association.

"It's like post-traumatic stress syndrome, but it's a short-term shock rather than a childhood trauma," he told the daily.

"Post-Election Selection Trauma" (PEST)? Perhaps the PESTs have been mis-diagnosed and should undergo tests for CHIBS (Chronic Head In Butt Syndrome).

Sometimes I have difficulty distinguishing between real life and a "Saturday Night Live" skit, I really do.

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