Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Psychologists blast Rush Limbaugh for mocking traumatized Kerry voters

This looks like an early April Fool's item to me but, coming from Palm Beach county, it could be for real.

"Mental health officials in South Florida blasted Rush Limbaugh on Monday, saying the conservative talk show host' offer of free therapy for traumatized John Kerry voters has made a mockery of a valid psychological problem.
Rush Limbaugh has a way of back-handedly slamming people, said Sheila Cooperman, a licensed clinician with the American Health Association (AHA) who listened Friday as Limbaugh offered to personally treat her patients. He's trying to ridicule the emotional state this presidential election produced in many of us here in Palm Beach County. Who is he to offer therapy?
The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than 30 distraught Kerry supporters in South Florida contacted the non-profit AHA following their candidate's Nov. 3 concession to President Bush. AHA officials have diagnosed the disorder as Post Election Selection Trauma (PEST) and have scheduled the first of several free group therapy sessions for just after Thanksgiving.
Cooperman, whose professional practice is based in Delray Beach, said the election-related symptoms she sees in the Kerry supporters more than quality PEST as a legitimate syndrome or disorder within the trauma spectrum, according to the American Psychiatric Association' Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."


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