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Climate Change May Trigger Depression, Anxiety and PTSD [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 15, 2017 11:30 PM EDT
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Climate change affects a person's mental health. A new study revealed that global warming may trigger depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Climate change is starting to happen as unpredictable weather conditions are starting to take place in different countries. Though it may negatively impact the environment, psychologists explain that it can have a negative impact on a person's mental health as well.

The CNN explained the impact of climate change on a person's mental health. It was mentioned that it can potentially trigger anxiety, depression, and PTSD. One of the angles being looked upon are the calamities brought about by unpredictable weather conditions.

Families are often caught in a situation where they are bound to lose everything they own due to floods. These weather conditions are said to be triggered by climate change. Most families suffer loss, and it often leads to depression and anxiety.

"One of the major health effects of flooding seems to be the mental health aspects," James Rubin, a psychologist stated. "There is a whole host of stressors around it. Preventing climate change from happening, from worsening and intervening is really important. If you don't resolve them, these conditions don't necessarily go away."

Aside from the calamities, Susan Clayton, professor of psychology at Wooster University in the UK, said that environmental stress can highly impact a person's mental health as well. Too much heat or awfully cold weather can impact an individual's mood where they can be highly agitated and moody.

Clayton then mentioned that the mental health aspect of climate change can be broken down into three different categories such as natural disasters, lower changes and the loss of social networks or social capital.

Both Clayton and Rubin pointed out that people cannot work effectively if they are suffering the consequences of climate change, It was then added that the impact of global warming can be much worse if no precautions would be done.

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