The new diagnostic category TDS is not likely to be included in the American Psychiatric Association’s official diagnostic manual DSM-V anytime soon. It just reeks too much of political incorrectness –and the APA is all about going along with the postmodern trends du jour. Diagnoses that were in the DSM-III are not in DSM-V. What was a sickness in 1980, is normative now. I go all the way back to DSM-II and wonder “where have all the neurasthenics gone, long time passing.”
Anyway, TDS is not so much a condition in itself as it is one that brings out existing underlying pathology. It has to do with reality and ones ability to accept what is rather than how one wants a thing to be. Those who suffer from TDS are acutely sensitive to cognitive dissonance. TDS and its pernicious effects was first brought to my attention by Larry Elder the black conservative talk-show host.
Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) started on election night. First there was shock and disbelief often followed by a state of agitated depression. However, in contrast to agitation some TDS-ers became isolative. Some just wanted to lie in bed and weep. Initially, the popular media referred to TDS sufferers as “snowflakes.”
The TDS depression stage quickly devolves into tantruming. In TDS one’s sensory ability becomes clouded and reasoning becomes totally subservient to infantile wants and needs. TDS is characterized by magical thinking. That is, the thought will cause it to happen. TDS-ers do irrational things like carry protest signs and destroy property in an unrealistic belief that it will magically cause Trump to resign or somehow start a movement to impeach.
Another sign of TDS is deep unrepentant anger. TDS sufferers tend to post one mean-spirited misleading meme, fake or exaggerated “news” story after another in social media. Comparing Trump to Hitler and referring to him as racist, misogynist or anti-gay is all part of the mix. They justify irresponsible discharges of rage by viewing themselves as innocent victims and therefore they feel their anger is righteous. Generally, their anger is only exceeded by their sanctimony. Also, displaying their feelings in social media furthers some vain hope that it will lend their vapid lives a greater purpose.
Some of the first reports on TDS pathology mentioned people refusing to attend social events with Trumpers, disowning relatives and unfriending Facebook friends. Calling for impeachment before he even took the oath of office was an indication of how out of touch some with TDS became. Recent examples of TDS in the public square are the New York Times reporter who referred to Melania Trump as a prostitute, and several major retailers like Target and Nordstrom’s dropping the Ivanka Trump clothing line. The retailers decisions are impulsive and hasty, and may cost them business via a backlash of Trump supporters boycotting their stores.
However, the truly tragic effect of TDS is that some behave in such a mean-spirited manner that they are led to attack the President’s family. An SNL player made nasty comments about 10-year old Baron Trump. They were made to apologize — but so what? Another blogger speculated that he was autistic. And what in the world does Ivanka’s clothing line have to do with her dad being President? The attacks on Trump’s family are not caused by his erratic behavior or his nasty tweets.
However, TDS does reveal character. TDS erases the mask of civility and sanity of the uber-left “progressives.” So in some sense, TDS does serve a higher purpose. It is just immeasurably sad that some are so profoundly TDS that they lash out like mad dogs and attack perfectly innocent people.
TDS, Type II (Deplorables)
Just as the APAs diagnostic manual has a Bipolar Disorder Type II so too have I identified a Type II Trump Derangement Syndrome. These folks are characterized by equally tenuous ties to reality. While generally not delusional they do posses unrealistic optimism. They often make light of their disorder by referring to themselves as “deplorables.” They tend to make excuses for Trump’s often boorish behavior and see brilliance in his every gaffe. In their eyes he can do no wrong.
Overall, the Type II TDSers tend to be unrealistically happy and optimistic. This may be due to many have spent the past eight years in a depressed state. To the Type II’s Trump’s glass (and thus theirs) is always more than half-full — in fact its positively overflowing. They tend to be a bit hypo-manic and while not completely grandiose are filled with an unrealistic optimism. Generally, they are more likeable and easy to be around — that is unless you happen to be a over-the-top Hillary supporter or a sanctimonious Obama type of progressive.