Mental Health and Climate

Here is an excerpt from the 2017 APA Mental Health on Climate white-paper:

MENTAL HEALTH
The ability to process information and make decisions without being disabled by extreme emotional responses is
threatened by climate change. Some emotional response is normal, and even negative emotions are a necessary part of a fulfilling life. In the extreme case, however, they can interfere with our ability to think rationally, plan our behavior, and consider alternative actions. An extreme weather event can be a source of trauma, and the experience can cause disabling emotions. More subtle and indirect effects of climate change can add stress to people’s lives in varying degrees. Whether experienced indirectly or directly, stressors to our climate translate into impaired mental health that can result in depression and anxiety (USGCRP, 2016). Although everyone is able to cope with a certain amount of stress, the accumulated effects of compound stress can tip a person from mentally healthy to mentally ill. Even uncertainty can be a source of stress and a risk factor for psychological distress (Greco & Roger, 2003). People can be negatively affected by hearing about the negative experiences of others, and by fears-founded or unfounded-about their
own potential vulnerability. Realizing things such as this can be a lot for someone to take on. Mental health issues must be addressed, leaving it too late only deepens issues and can make people be more afraid to discuss their upsets and
concerns. Combining therapy and alternative medicines have helped some people with their anxieties and stressors. Visit this website to see an example of the alternatives to traditional medicines that may help you during a rough time in your life. That website sells CBD oil, which is probably the most popular alternative medicine. It is a US based company, so if you are from the UK you may want to search for ‘CBD oil UK‘ instead.

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH
Compromised physical health can be a source of stress that threatens psychological well-being. Conversely, mental
health problems can also threaten physical health, for example, by changing patterns of sleep, eating, or exercise
and by reducing the immune system function. Whilst people can give themselves a boost for the latter with some liposomal vitamin c, the fact that it is impacted is still far from good. Mental health issues can negatively impact an individual’s life, making everyday tasks much more difficult for them. To try and reduce the severity of your mental health issues, a lot of people believe that smoking marijuana can have positive effects on mental health. There are various ways to take marijuana, with one of the most popular ways being through a tornado bong. A lot of people have found that marijuana can reduce anxiety and prevent insomnia. If you suffer from any of those issues, it might be worth trying some marijuana. However, there are also many other methods if you aren’t comfortable using marijuana.

COMMUNITY HEALTH
Although residents’ mental and physical health affect communities, the impacts of climate on community health
can have a particularly strong effect on community fabric and interpersonal relationships. Altered environmental
conditions due to climate change can shift the opportunities people have for social interaction, the ways in which they
relate to each other, and their connections to the natural world.

Link to article: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/mental-health-climate.pdf

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