In response to the rise of the 'alt-right' in social media circles, leftist media watchdogs are claiming to suffer from "Digital PTSD" from having to cover these extremists.
An article published in The Outline consisted of a female leftist journalist whining about the trauma caused to her after attending the infamous "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA last year that turned into a deadly riot. She claims to have developed post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I was diagnosed with PTSD two days after I got back from Virginia. In the weeks and months that followed, I experienced flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, dissociation, chronic body pain, and severe depression and anxiety — symptoms that interfered with my work reporting on fascists, but that were triggered by it, too. Every time I looked up photos of protesters clashing with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, or videos of the car attack, it was like I was back on that street corner," journalist Erin Corbett wrote.
Noor Al-Sibai, who works as a staff writer for Raw Story, also claims she suffers from PTSD from being at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville last year. Considering she is a Muslim, that makes her even more of a victim than her white counterpart.
"When I was on the clock, I don't even think I could identify [the triggers]," she said. "It was very much a blur. I'm missing some of that time," said Al-Sibai, who claims she suffered blackouts as a result from the trauma. She "sat in a parking lot crying" after the event commenced.
These women also claim to be getting PTSD from reading private chat logs released from popular hosting services like Discord.
"You dig through [Discord logs] for hours and hours and spend a lot of time seeing what they say, and watching them formulate plans, and the weird, sick jokes they make online," said freelance journalist Elizabeth King. "Seeing them in real life or knowing you will because you cover them, it's super jarring."
The author also whined about mean tweets that she received that allegedly caused her trauma. She was adamant that her experiences are legitimate PTSD, akin to something that warriors struggle with their entire lives after leaving the battlefield. She has still not recovered from attending the one protest.