November 9, 2016
by Christie Hunter
Disbelief. Shock. Denial.
Then anger, confusion and uncertainty begin to swirl, eventually giving
way to depression and despair. These are
the very real symptoms that millions of people are having right now as the result
of last night’s election. Post election
stress and anxiety are not something to dismiss, and have been documented by
psychologists. For the winners, the
election of Donald Trump was a monumental occasion of joy and celebration, even greater than Chicago Cubs fans watching their team
win the world series for the first time in a hundred years.
But Theravive is all about helping people and our heart and
desire is to reach out to all people who are struggling with mental health, no
matter if they are republican or democrat, conservative or liberal. People matter to us, as we are all part of
one single human race. For those of you
who are celebrating, we rejoice with you, it is a wonderful experience to feel
that your country is finally going in a direction you have longed for. And for those of you who are in disbelief, we
share in your pain. To feel that the
country is headed in a wrong direction after so much progress is disheartening
and frankly, completely depressing. It
feels like the wind was knocked out of you.
So we want to say something both to Trump supporters and
First, to Donald Trump voters. You won.
But remember that those around you are as American as you and they love
their country also. Those who voted for
the other side…they are your friends and neighbors, they are your family and
your coworkers. Remember that today they
are hurting and they deserve respect, honor, and encouragement. Resist the urge to ‘rub it in’, that is no
way to treat another human being. This
is a time to reach out. So many people
have been “unfriended” this election simply over their political views, it has
been ugly and bitter. It is incumbent on you – the winners (and not the losers)
to reach out and make the first move towards reconciliation and
restoration. The next several weeks will
show your true colors. Hillary Clinton
supporters are hurting today. If you
dig in and throw it in their faces, then you missed a real chance at helping to
restore the divide and heal deep wounds.
America is watching you. Take the high road and treat them with understanding
and respect, reach out your hand and be the one to make the first move, they
are Americans like you.
To Hillary Clinton voters.
Your disappointment is real. Your anxiety, stress, and depression are
real. And you are not alone. Counselors and psychologists have well
recognized the place you are in and there is no shame in expressing what you
are feeling. Consider the value of
counseling. Therapists are professionals
trained in helping you navigate this path of grief. But know that America is a country designed
to withstand these kinds of shifts, the country will endure. It is not over by any means, because every 2
years there is another chance to voice yourself in an election. Unlike other countries where dictators remain
in power for decades, America is a country where the people get to choose, and
they choose frequently. Do not feel
minimized, there is still beauty and wonder in this world. Cherish your relationships, your blessings,
and your family. And please consider
seeing a counselor. At Theravive, we
promote counseling because we know how amazing a great therapist can be for
nearly any kind of life event or transition.
We promise you that even speaking to a counselor for one hour will have
a tremendous positive effect on you.
And finally…to everyone, we hope that somehow relationships
that were broken over this election will begin to find healing. Healing is always a positive path
forward. And even if it healing doesn’t
happen in every case, the pursuit of healing in itself has enough value to make
it the right choice going forward for all of us.
About the Author
Christie Hunter is registered clinical counselor in British Columbia and co-founder of Theravive. She is a certified management accountant. She has a masters of arts in counseling psychology from Liberty University with specialty in marriage and family and a post-graduate specialty in trauma resolution. In 2007 she started Theravive with her husband in order to help make mental health care easily attainable and nonthreatening. She has a passion for gifted children and their education. You can reach Christie at 360-350-8627 or write her at christie - at - theravive.com.