by Carol W. Berman M.D.

October 9, 2013

Even though many Americans disengaged psychologically from our state and federal governments’ activities a long time ago, a government shutdown can still be stressful. The majority of my patients had a reaction a lot like my patient Joe (not his real name).

“The government? So they shut down. Big deal. What else can you expect from those idiots?” he said.

Joe was a heavy-set, middle-aged man who worked in the garment industry. His main issue…

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