Kavanaugh hearings triggered painful memories, one doctor finds

Kavanaugh hearings triggered painful memories, one doctor finds

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Patient after patient came into Dr. Eve Rittenberg’s office, complaining of stress, headaches, an inability to sleep.

With each, it only took a little gentle question for the reason to come out: The acrimonious hearings in the Senate over the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were triggering bad memories.

The hearings, which featured accusations that Kavanaugh had attacked psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford when both were in high school, as well as other women, have launched a national debate about sexual assault and whether women tell the truth about it.

The televised hearings also featured detailed descriptions of the alleged assaults. Social media has been awash with a national discussion of the issue, and President Donald Trump has fanned the flames by mocking Blasey Ford and suggesting that men are at risk from angry women and false accusations.

It has taken a toll on victims, including Rittenberg’s patients.


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