Has this ever happened to you: You’re just going about your day, minding your own business, when… BAM!!! You start thinking about global warming and it drives you insane. I know, right?
Climate change is not only harmful to our physical health — it can be debilitating for our mental health as well, according to a report published Wednesday.
Severe weather events and natural disasters linked to climate change have the most dramatic impact on mental health, according to the report by the American Psychological Association and EcoAmerica: Natural disasters cause intense negative emotions in people who are exposed to them, primarily fear and grief. Anxiety, depression and unhealthy behavior are also common responses. Some people, particularly those who experience tragic events, such as the loss of a loved one or repeated exposure to extreme weather, develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Well, now we know what happened to Dorothy Gale.
If you don’t believe that global warming causes mental illness, then how do you explain all the mainstream news stories about global warming? No sane person gets that worked up about the weather.
We used to give such poor souls lobotomies and rubber rooms, but now we give them press passes. It’s much more humane. Plus, we all get to watch.