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Climate Change Will Increase Post Traumatic Stress

From Medical News:

Climate change have significant negative impacts on health and psychological well-being

June 10, 2014

Climate change will have significant negative impacts on Americans’ health and psychological well-being, due to an increase in the frequency and severity of climate-related natural disasters and other climate-related changes in the environment and weather. Likely effects, which will increase as climate change’s physical impacts accelerate, include stress, anxiety, depression and a loss of community identity, says a new report from the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica.

Climate change is also likely to result in an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions because of the rise in the number and severity of natural disasters, according to the report. Climate change could also lead to increased feelings of loss and helplessness if individuals and communities are forced to relocate.

It could also cause baldness.

"The striking thing is how these effects will permeate so many aspects of our daily lives," said Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association. "The effects we are likely to see aren’t just trauma from experiencing natural disasters. We can also expect increases in long-term stress and anxiety from the aftermath of disasters, as well as increases in violence and crime rates as a result of higher temperatures or competition for scarce resources."

The report, which was produced in collaboration with College of Wooster psychology professor Susan Clayton, PhD, Macalester College environmental studies professor Christie Manning, PhD, and ecoAmerica researcher Caroline Hodge, also recommends actions that individuals and communities can take to address the psychological impacts of climate change.

"There are a number of things communities can do to prepare for acute impacts of climate change — such as hurricanes and wildfires — as well as the slowly evolving changes like droughts that permanently and profoundly affect communities." said Bob Perkowitz, president of ecoAmerica. "Virtually everything a community does to prepare for or help prevent climate change has co-benefits, like increased community cohesion, increased health and well-being, and risk reduction."

According to the report, certain populations and communities will be especially vulnerable to mental health impacts. Studies have shown that women, children and the elderly are particularly at risk for serious and long-lasting psychological effects. And communities with poor infrastructure may experience worse physical—and consequent psychological—impacts.

Naturally, women, children, the elderly and the poor will be hurt the most.

The report outlines steps people and communities can take to buffer themselves against psychological and mental health impacts from climate change related events. One recommendation is for city planners and health officials to put resources toward strengthening collaboration with existing community and social networks, like neighborhood or faith-based groups. These groups can serve as important sources of social support before, during and after disasters.

We need a stronger safety net.

The report emphasizes that taking steps to prepare for these effects can lead to other benefits, such as stronger community cohesion and reduced disaster risk.

Perkowitz said he hopes the report will deepen public understanding of climate change, and help the communities around the U.S. understand what they need to do to respond. "Some of these psychological impacts are alarming," he said. "But by carefully planning for these effects, and helping people understand what we can do to move toward climate solutions, we’ll be prepared to meet this challenge and make our country stronger as a result."

For the record, here is a little more about the propagandists behind this nonsense, from their own website, ecoAmerica:

MomentUs

MomentUs, launched in January 2013, is a new strategic organizing and communications initiative designed to build a game-changing increase in personal and institutional support for climate change solutions by using local and regional impacts and preparedness to engage the breadth of the American public in mitigation.

MomentUs will lead from behind, fill in strategic gaps, and empower sector-based American responses to the economic health, security and moral challenges brought by climate change.  It has been designed to help bring together the strategies, partners and funders needed to ignite successful progress on a new path for climate solutions in America…

Say no more.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Climate Change Will Increase Post Traumatic Stress”

  1. True! Working to overcome the Lies Lies and Damned Lies of the Purveyors of Madness is damn sure akin to Traumatic Stress.

  2. canary

    None will have the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that our US Soldiers experience.

    Those experiencing acute anxiety after the aftermath of a disaster aren’t diagnosed with PTSD
    until time has lapsed. The DSM diagnosis criteria is 6 months passing and no recovery, the ICD started a 30 day period.

    Our US Soldiers do not have the luxury of surviving a disaster and getting in a safe secure area.

    And it used to be one had to truly believe they were going to die.

    The key for recovery was getting the traumatized to safety and feeling secure.

    Thinking you are going to die is something that our Troops serving in combat get no safety or relief from.

    As long as they know their name, approx date and where they are at…..

    And I kid you not one of the question is knowing who the President of the US puts them right
    back to combat.

    When these wars started US Troops couldn’t even count on lasting 365 days and going home.
    And they have to go back and serve more tours.

    Most that join the US Military, National Guard, or Reserves don’t realize there is a clause of two
    years called “inactive duty” and so must who tried to get out when they thought their service years were up, found themselves going to war.

    So, we are looking at a big difference in the scope of trauma.

    And sadly, one of the worst symptoms of PTSD in doing everything to avoid triggers or the harm
    make it difficult to seek help. They do everything to hide it.

    Then when you have fake TV shows, and the media demonizing PTSD, and the bleeping new
    Ohbamho administration putting US Troops on the “threat list” by Dept of Homeland Security
    and dealing with the DVA (Dept of Veteran Affairs) and the VA who will do everything not to treat it, especially with the
    VA problems today, where US Troops put on the waiting lists end up committing suicide.

    So, US Troops need help more than anyone because their prolonged exposure to deadly situations need to be put first.

    It’s time to let Veterans go to private doctors, which is something Mitt Romney said he’d do, unlike
    Ohbamho was willing to do when they were told the back log was worse than ever 2012.


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