The Mental Health Community Is Bracing For Eco-Anxiety Or Something

So, let’s see: people start yammering about an issue, which may or may not be a concern. Then it is hijacked by elements of the far left, especially once the Soviet Union falls and all the supporters have to find something new to focus on to create Giant Centralized Government. The all run with stories of coming doom, they get the media to follow along, then the schools. Others continue to trot out Coming Doom, then they wonder why some people are losing their minds. BTW, this is from Rolling Stone. Remember when they used to be counter culture, rather than toeing the government line?

How the Mental Health Community Is Bracing for the Impact of Climate Change
“Eco-anxiety” and trauma from natural disasters will be on the rise along with sea levels


The mental health impact of climate change is a one-two punch: There will be increasing anxiety about the future, as well as an increasing number of people undergoing the trauma of climate catastrophes like flooding and hurricanes. As predictions become more dire — in October, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change set a 12-year deadline for us to avoid warming the planet a disastrous 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and just last week the UN reported a million species are now at risk of extinction — more and more people are facing existential distress. In his new book The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells notes that climate anxiety has also been called “climate grief” and “climate depression.” “While it may seem intuitive that those contemplating the end of the world find themselves despairing, especially when their calls of alarm have gone almost entirely unheeded, it is also a harrowing forecast of what is in store for the rest of the world, as the devastation of climate change slowly reveals itself,” he writes.

Climate anxiety is a relatively recent phenomenon, but the concern is spreading. A Yale survey in December found nearly 70 percent of Americans are “worried” about climate change, 29 percent are “very worried” — up eight percentage points from just six months earlier — and 51 percent said they felt “helpless.” “Historians will say that groups of people have faced very difficult, tumultuous times,” says CPA’s Janet Lewis, who has a private practice near Ithaca, New York. “But human beings have never faced this before.”

The Good Grief Network, a nonprofit for collective mourning, in 2016 launched a 10-step programfocused on eco-anxiety and climate grief. In March, a group of “birthstrikers” in the UK announced they wouldn’t have children out of concern for the livability of the planet where they’d be raising them. Cooper’s patients are fearing for the safety of children they’ve already had. “One person wanted to flee and go somewhere, but the reality is, there really is no place that’s a respite from what is happening,” she says.

Organizations like CPA are also focused on stopping the threat at the source. The group recently led the APA to divest completely from fossil fuels, and they’d like to see the rest of the country follow. “This is a health issue, and whether or not it’s been politicized we have a responsibility to advocate for the health of our patients and the population, and certainly not collude with the denial of science,” Lewis says, talking about her willingness to discuss global warming in her practice. She believes humanity’s better traits will lead us, in the end. “We care about other people, we care about our surroundings, our future and our family’s future,” she says. “Everybody, except for the extreme minority of people who are actual psychopaths, cares.”

Good news: if you aren’t a raging idiot who believes in future doom from ‘climate change’, you’re a psychopath.

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3 Responses to “The Mental Health Community Is Bracing For Eco-Anxiety Or Something”

  1. ST says:

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  2. Jl says:

    “Climate grief”. What climate grief? Oh, that’s right, no one can actually say what the grief is about. Take away the incessant news stories on “climate change” and most people wouldn’t notice anything different. Why? Because there is nothing different.

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