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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:34 PM

34. it's really hard for me too.

right after the election I was still working including with people i knew had voted for trump, so for the first time in my life (i'm 64) I went to my doctor and got a prescription. I told him I need to maintain professionalism with certain people I feel extremely hostile toward, and from the start I recognized that trump would be a catastrophe. He prescribed klonopin, and anti anxiety medication, and i take about 2 every week. i don't take it daily because it is addictive. I find that I am more productive on days after I take it and so I would say it has been helpful for me.

I also see a counselor. There were other dramas in my life that precipitated that, including losing my job and a family tragedy, but at some sessions we talk extensively about the trauma of trump. This has been for over the past year now, and I've scaled down because I think I am better able to cope and stave off a full blown depression now, and my counselor agrees, but he's still there for me and I will probably continue to see him from time to time.

and this may sound anti-intuitive, but i Twitter. I block anyone who is a trumpster and have followed thousands of resisters and gained quite a few as well. I think of it as group therapy. Because I have a pretty well controlled twitter feed, I get a lot of information and a lot of validation of my views and my distress at what's happened to my country.

I don't know if any of this can work for you or not. Oh yeah I turn off the news on a regular basis and watch youtube videos about other things, happy things. Farmers and birth vlogs and cute puppies and vet shows and cooking. it calms my thoughts.

nothing seems to change since he took office except to get worse. I'm in the resistance for as long as need be even to the death. Many people are not engaged as we are on DU and from my perspective, they are almost oblivious to the damage being done. I wear them out when I talk about it a lot, but I also educate them and raise their consciousness if only a teensy bit.

Lastly, I've become involved in local politics. I'm sec/treas for my precinct. I have marched and participated in get out the vote efforts. I write and call my 2 republican senators. so. check in by and by, I hope you feel better soon. i hope we all will.

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