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Trump ‘trauma’: An insult to those who suffer from real trauma

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Millennials are facing high levels of mental health issues within the workplace, according to Forbes. Citing a 2015 survey conducted by Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, millennials apparently report high levels of anxiety. Essentially, one-in-five millennials who participated in the survey claim to suffer from some sort of anxiety related disorder, based on self-reported statistics.

Despite these findings, millennials are less likely to succeed due to the mentality of entitlement and self-validation. This forces employers to meet the millennial labor force halfway by being more sensitive and inclusive. In some cases, employers have to completely rework processes to ensure millennials can complete tasks at varying degrees of difficulty, coupled with the fact that millennials are vital to many workplace operations, according to Forbes.

The best example that can be used to provide clarity to this is the alleged epidemic of “election trauma.” Even the debate to justify the claims that the outcome of November’s presidential election mentally scarred an entire generation is murky and full of pathos-shrouded hyperbole.

After the victory of President-Elect Donald Trump, protests erupted demanding voting recounts, which is constitutionally justified. However, mental health crisis centers and public health officials across the country sprang into action to address what many called a “traumatic event.” And that, ladies and gentleman, is why some could say that almost an entire generation was triggered.

The majority of millennials voted the way they did because of they were raised in a liberal society. Most were raised with a sense of entitlement. This makes sense given rising millennial support for socialist policies like universal healthcare and free college tuition. Several of them only saw the political landscape as predominately liberal, progressive, and wildly accepting of big government, despite the fact that millennials are entrepreneurial and highly educated.

The millennial generation also saw the Trump administration as a threat to the socio-political climate they were familiar with. With that, a “traumatic event” occurred.

The University of Maryland Medical Center defines a “traumatic event” as “an experience that causes physical, emotional, psychological distress, or harm. It is an event that is perceived and experienced as a threat to one’s safety or to the stability of one’s world.” To many millennials, the rise of Trump proved to be traumatic, prompting the widespread hysteria, even as unjustified as it is.

The world consistently changes and I must say, claiming to feel psychologically “triggered” and suffering from a “traumatic event” that affects more than just oneself and one’s generation is an insult to legitimate sufferers of mental health issues.


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