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Political Stress Disorder & Outrage Addiction

Ted Eytan

Living through a pain trifecta of pandemic, economic crisis and civil unrest — then adding a wicked political season, which culminates in an attempted insurrection at our nation’s capitol — well, it can lead to serious psychological strain. No matter your opinion, the stress of watching our country writhe through this extremely divided moment in history can be excruciating. The feeling of being out of control and the desire to seek certainty sends some people to the more extreme fringes of their political persuasion, leaving those in the middle exasperated and fearful of conversational landmines. So today we’re talking about Political Stress Disorder and the dynamic of Outrage Addiction with Dr. Damir Utrzan, manager of Mental Health Services with Hazelden Betty Ford.

As we mention in the show, here are links to organizations that can help:

Hazelden Betty Ford offers on-line assessments and a number of options beyond addiction treatment.

And FGCU’s Community counseling Center is open to the public and provides counseling and consulting services to all Southwest Florida residents.

Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.
Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.