Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) revealed in an interview on MSNBC’s “Hallie Jackson Reports” 0n Monday that he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
After the protest, “I thought I was fine,” Kildee said.
“It was after I got home and I started looking at some of the video from the event. I thought it was a few dozen people. It was hundreds and hundreds of people, violent people, and that triggered an emotional and physical reaction. I had a lot of tension in my chest and breathing was difficult. I became really irritable.”
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Kildee said a friend in Congress suggested he reach out to Dr. Jim Gordon. Gordan has worked with survivors of traumatic events around the world, including survivors of the 2018 shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“I’ve worked in war zones and post-war, post-disaster situations, after-school shootings and with war-traumatized vets. And what Dan was experiencing as he talked about it is what people experience,” Gordon said.
Kildee is not the first to note mental health concerns following the U.S. Capitol riots. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has shared she thought she “was going to die.”
“And I’m not ashamed to say that, because I think we should all — nobody should be ashamed to say that,” she added.
Michigan’s Kildee continues to discuss his concerns with what took place on Jan. 6 in Washington. Meanwhile, his locked down state’s COVID-19 cases have spiked, as the governor’s top aide was spotted vacationing in sunny, conservative-led Florida.