New York Magazine’s “The Cut” talked to some women and found that they’ve been getting more headaches this past year, and it’s all because of Donald Trump.
Amy, a 31-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter whose name has been changed to hide her true identity, says her migraines increased the closer it got to the November election.
“I got a lot more stressed once I realized that … there was a good chance we’d have a very contentious election,” Amy told the Cut. “I felt like I was on high alert all the time, and that’s definitely a trigger, to not be able to let your body shut down and rest.”
Her migraines didn’t stop with the election of course, because she feels “stress and anxiety over what the next four years might look like.”
Elizabeth Seng, clinical psychologist and “head-pain expert” for Excedrin, says Amy is one of many people who suffer from migraines due to the election of Trump.
“Excedrin did this large nationwide survey of more than 1,000 people, and seven out of ten Americans said that this presidential election has caused more headaches than any other election year,” Seng told the Cut.
Michelle, whose name has also been changed, is a 32 year old who thought her migraines were due to her increased work in the media during the election. “But as the episodes persisted, she realized they must be tied to the stress of Trump’s impending presidency.”
“The interesting thing is that I have seemed, at least to myself, to be taking the election less personally/existentially than lots of people. (I’m very upset, obviously, but I didn’t think I was internalizing it),” Michelle said.
What are their worries, you ask? It’s all the “unknowns associated with both a conservative Congress and an incoming administration dead set on attacking women’s reproductive rights.”
“I’m still going to wonder every day if my health insurance is going to be taken away,” Amy said, adding that she’s only able to actually afford her migraine medication through the Affordable Care Act.
Seng says the body has a way of adapting to stress, “so there’s a chance that migraine sufferers may see their episodes decrease as they adjust to the new normal.”
I have to ask, when Barack Obama declared that we are now living with a “new normal” of less prosperity, did we read stories about conservatives suffering from Obama-induced migraines? Did we hear any such thing when he was elected twice? There were a lot of people upset and angry over the McCain and Romney losses, but they didn’t fall on fainting couches or need medication.
I think it’s noteworthy that both people interviewed in this article are millennial women who have been raised to see their “reproductive rights” (aka abortion and free contraception) as central to their raison d’être. They worship big government as the grand protector of their sexual liberty, being fully willing to sacrifice their political liberty on its altar.
Leftists in our society have been ginning up fear of Republicans and conservatism for decades, and this is the result — people who have lost all objectivity and have devolved into a state of existential crisis if their political gods aren’t ruling from on high in Washington.
Here’s a suggestion for these women. Instead of grabbing an Excedrin and looking for a safe space to escape the impending doom of Trump, how about putting your trust in a higher power? It’s when we put our faith in men that we become overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. But when we put our faith in God, we find peace.
As Saint Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you are fearful and anxious, “humble yourselves,” Saint Peter wrote. Put yourselves “under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”