Congressman Says He’s In Therapy For Post-Traumatic Stress After Capitol Riot

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Rep. Dan Kildee hopes to shatter any stigma around mental health by opening up about the “emotional and physical” challenges he’s experienced in the weeks since the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The Michigan Democrat, 62, was among those in the House chamber when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an effort to overturn the formal certification of the 2020 election results. Five people died as a result of the attack. Speaking to “NBC Nightly News” in an interview that aired Sunday, Kildee said he didn’t realize the scope of the violence until later that day when he reviewed some of the footage he’d shot on his cellphone. “I thought it was fine,” Kildee explained. “It was after I got home, when I started looking at some of the video from the event — I had thought it was a few dozen people. It was hundreds and hundreds of violent people.” “I had a lot of tension in my chest, and breathing was difficult,” he added, when asked how about how he felt after viewing the clips. “I became really irritable.” At the suggestion of a fellow lawmaker, Kildee sought out Dr. Jim Gordon.

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