With the Thanksgiving holiday behind them Americans are beginning to acknowledge that 2017 is a mere month away, leading to heightened anxiety as they wonder how bad of a fisting they’ll receive from 2016’s big brother.
“I don’t know what to expect,” said Stoya Lieu, a frightened Los Angeles resident. “2016 took David Bowie away from us and gave us President Donald Trump,” she continued, pausing to sob. “What’s next? Do we lose Iggy Pop so Jenny McCarthy can be teacher of the year?”
A new Pew poll of Psychiatrists showed a marked increase in anti-anxiety prescriptions leading up to the November election. But instead of dropping off as anticipated, they’ve continued to climb as the year wraps up.
“My patients are exhibiting symptoms of paranoia and fear,” said Doctor Peter North, a staff Psychiatrist at Cedar Sinai. “Unfortunately with the massive beating we all took in 2016 I can’t even call it paranoia any more. I mean, Lemmy! Fuckin’ Lemmy died! That’s never happened before.”
With the Christmas season approaching, experts and policy makers hope that fears and anxieties will ease, while acknowledging that’s the opposite result they typically see. With 2017 casting its ominous shadow over December, President Obama tried to calm the rattled populace.
“My fellow Americans. I know many of us are feeling a certain trepidation going into the Christmas season. I know many of us wonder what, for example, that racist uncle of ours is going to say this year. I can’t promise you 2017 will be better, I can’t promise you it’ll be fair. But what’s important now is we come together, as a nation, and we protect Betty White.”