“And I was like, ‘I have to go see a psychiatrist.’”
President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election race sent Chelsea Handler into a spiral of drug use, therapy and despair, the liberal comedian revealed during a Friday appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
“I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me bitch about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks,” Handler told “Real Time” host Bill Maher.
The one-time “Chelsea Lately” host connected the agony she felt when Trump won to childhood emotional trauma.
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“And then once when we got past that and got to the real stuff, I realized the parallel there was my world becoming unhinged when I was a little girl, my brother died when I was nine years old,” she said. “I had never related the two, but for me, as I can imagine it must have been for so many people, it was an emotional trigger of everything being destabilized.”
“And I realized how spoiled and privileged I had been all my life and realize to be this upset and this on-a-ten every day and the outrage and the anger, I just wanted to fucking fight people, you know?” Handler added. “And I was like, ‘I have to go see a psychiatrist.’”
In response, Maher diagnosed Handler with having “white guilt” – an assessment she agreed with. “I think you can also focus on becoming a better advocate-slash-ally for people from marginalized communities,” she said.
Handler said she turned to marijuana, which she called the “gateway drug to meditation,” to soften the blow of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump.
Another indication of how deeply Handler’s disdain for Trump runs is the way she expresses her feelings toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In her new memoir,“Life Will Be the Death of Me,” she defends her ardent sexual attraction to Mueller, writing, “I am legitimately attracted to him and everything he stands for.”
If I’m being completely honest, I am very sexually attracted to Robert Mueller. I know it’s not meant to be, but that doesn’t mean I won’t hang a poster of him above my bed.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 23, 2019
Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as “Trump Anxiety Disorder.” In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of “Trump Anxiety Disorder” as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media.
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