Skip to comments.Psychologists blast Rush Limbaugh for mocking traumatized Kerry voters [HA!]
Posted on 11/16/2004 3:38:10 AM PST by johnny7
Post Election Selection Trauma is a real problem, Florida clinicians say
Mental health officials in South Florida blasted Rush Limbaugh on Monday, saying the conservative talk show hosts offer of free therapy for traumatized John Kerry voters has made a mockery of a valid psychological problem.
Rush Limbaugh has a way of back-handedly slamming people, said Sheila Cooperman, a licensed clinician with the American Health Association (AHA) who listened Friday as Limbaugh offered to personally treat her patients. Hes trying to ridicule the emotional state this presidential election produced in many of us here in Palm Beach County. Who is he to offer therapy?
The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than 30 distraught Kerry supporters in South Florida contacted the non-profit AHA following their candidates Nov. 3 concession to President Bush. AHA officials have diagnosed the disorder as Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST) and have scheduled the first of several free group therapy sessions for just after Thanksgiving. Cooperman, whose professional practice is based in Delray Beach, said the election-related symptoms she sees in the Kerry supporters more than quality PEST as a legitimate syndrome or disorder within the trauma spectrum, according to the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Rush Limbaugh has no clinical qualifications to counsel anyone, Cooperman said. Hes not only minimizing PEST, but hes bastardizing the entire psychological field and our clinical expertise.
Rob Gordon, AHA executive director, said Limbaughs radio musings caused the charity to receive hundreds of calls and letters from gloating Republicans. But he said he also received a small batch of letters and e-mails from people who said they understood why some Kerry voters would need therapy. A man named Paul wrote to AHA, I too was very depressed, and I knew a lot people who felt the same way. You have to understand that to many of us, this was the key election about the future of our country, and with a Bush win that future is pretty much destroyed. Naturally, theres going to be some significant grief. The people here in Palm Beach County now in therapy or support groups are the canaries in the mine shaft, Gordon said. There could be thousands of others, even Republicans, who need to be in therapy over this election. Gordon said the AHA on Monday also received its first out-of-state call from a fixed-income woman in Texas who is absolutely terrified of what Bush will do and scheduled a free telephone therapy session with her for today.
Douglas Schooler, the Boca Raton trauma specialist who treated 20 people with hypnotherapy following Kerrys loss, said he believes many people suffering from election-related symptoms are still afraid to step forward.The Republicans want Kerry voters to shut up and pretend theyre not feeling anything, Schooler said. But many people have serious emotional pain over this election and its unhealthy to stuff it down inside of you. Therapy is the best way. Although Schooler said he never listens to Limbaugh, he said he has been deluged by similar phone calls and attacked on South Floridas radio talk shows. Most of the calls Im getting are from Republicans making fun of the whole thing, Schooler said. One guy wrote me a letter saying I should tell people to vote Republican and save themselves the stress. Republicans want to minimize the whole story of election fraud and voter anger. Schooler said he did not expect the Republican gloating to stop anytime soon. Limbaugh, a Palm Beach County resident who owns $26 million worth of property in the area, read the two Boca News exclusives on his nationally syndicated radio program last week.
So if anybody on the left wants some serious therapy here and counseling, Im more than willing to offer my assistance as well, Limbaugh said on Nov. 9. On Nov. 12, accused by Gordon of picking up the story to rub it in the faces of Democrats, Limbaugh said, Now, my friends, I didnt do that. I reached out. I offered a hand of friendship. I offered my own counseling services. AHA officials, listening to the taped broadcasts, described Limbaughs tone of voice as sarcastic.
My therapy for these PEST's would be to lock them in a room with a pistol and one bullet.
There, now... you see? You see? Even when we TRY to be "compassionate conservatives"... :)
Oh my... I had no idea the loveable fuzzball could traumatize liberals. He couldn't do that, could he? Rush's heart is not in it.
More VICTIMS...I am so sick of the victim culture and mindset of the left.
For goodness sake. GROW UP.
AHA officials have diagnosed the disorder as Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST) and have scheduled the first of several free group therapy sessions for just after Thanksgiving. Cooperman, whose professional practice is based in Delray Beach, said the election-related symptoms she sees in the Kerry supporters more than quality PEST as a legitimate syndrome or disorder within the trauma spectrum, according to the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
As El Rushbo himself would say: "You just can't make this stuff up, folks."
"PEST" hee hee hee, "PEST" hee heeee, help, I'm hyperventilating... paper bag!
Much of America has a PEST problem. It's an infestation of rats. I'm hoping the Rat population has entered a permanent decline.
Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST)
Couldn't have named it better myself
We should be mocking them continuously. We should be taunting them and ridiculing them and shouting them down with scorn until they are nothing but trembling jellyfish.
Then we should heavily medicate them, load them on busses, and ship them off to Canada where they can be interned on the voter's dime, just like they always dreamed.
I'm in New York City. I've been as polite to liberals as I could because after all, I'm a conservative. But if one more arrogant know it all lefty tries to tell me that I'm stupid because I voted for Bush, I'll have a hard time restraining myself.
I don't have Rush's forum, but have tried to do my part in my own small way. Anywhere that PEST may be a problem, I've offered to take to the airport anyone that needs to permanently leave the country. Unfortunately, I haven't needed to make any trips yet.
I don't recall this Sean Salai writing an article about the traumatized republican voters when Clinton won, or when Bush was selected not elected when Gore lost. Where is this clymer's compassion.
"A fool and his money..." Of course, there is always a charlatan around to help out, natch.
"Schooler said he did not expect the Republican gloating to stop anytime soon."
As Nelson would say "HA! HA!"
My official gloating stop date is January 1, 2005.
"Gordon said the AHA on Monday also received its first out-of-state call from a fixed-income woman in Texas who is absolutely terrified of what Bush will do and scheduled a free telephone therapy session with her for today."
The DNC, Kerry Campaign, and Legacy Media should be ashamed of themselves. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if this woman grew the hell up....
It sounds like the mental health officials are trying to drum up some business.
What is WITH these liberal journalists that they refuse to say Kerry LOST to President Bush? Sheesh. They make it sound like he graciously bowed out of the race, not that he got his butt whipped by nearly 4 million votes.
Rush may also have a good supply of white flags he can
hand out to the rats if they need them.
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