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Report: Mental Health Concern over ‘Climate Despair’ Sweeps Nation

by PENNY STARR 5 Sep 2021

Some people are so upset over climate change they are suffering from mental health concerns considered “climate despair,” a new Washington Post report said.

The devastating and deadly Hurricane Ida has energized activists, including the Post, which published a lengthy piece that claims “more people than ever could experience serious challenges to their mental health as a result” of climate change.

The Post reported on what it refers to as “climate despair”:

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The Post cited heat warnings, wildfires, and floods in recent years as proof of climate change, which is “suddenly feeling a lot more real for many Americans who have not seen it up close until now, clinicians say, leading many to seek one-on-one therapy.”

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A nonprofit organization called the Good Grief Network, a 10-step program inspired by the structure of Alcoholics Anonymous whose meetings provide “social and emotional support to people who feel overwhelmed about the state of the world,” says it has reached over a thousand people in four years. Steps in the program range from accepting “the severity of the predicament” to reinvesting “into meaningful efforts.”

Young adults are among the groups most vulnerable to feelings of depression and anxiety related to climate change, said Leslie Davenport, a climate psychology educator and consultant who is a member of a directory of climate-aware therapists.”

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The Post report continues:

WaPo Quote:

A nonprofit organization called the Good Grief Network, a 10-step program inspired by the structure of Alcoholics Anonymous whose meetings provide “social and emotional support to people who feel overwhelmed about the state of the world,” says it has reached over a thousand people in four years. Steps in the program range from accepting “the severity of the predicament” to reinvesting “into meaningful efforts.”

Young adults are among the groups most vulnerable to feelings of depression and anxiety related to climate change, said Leslie Davenport, a climate psychology educator and consultant who is a member of a directory of climate-aware therapists.

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“Mental health professionals help people face reality, because we know living in denial can ruin a person’s life,” Lise Van Susteren wrote in a report by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica. “As the climate crisis unfolds, we see people whose anger, anxiety, and depression, caused by the shortcomings of a previous generation, prevent them from leading productive lives themselves,” Van Susteren is also the founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance.

The Post also interviewed Katharine Wilkinson, an author and strategist who co-edited an anthology on fighting climate change called All We Can Save.

Wilkinson said that over the past year more than 600 people have signed up to lead book discussion groups she started “as an outlet for climate grief, signaling a growing demand for climate-related support in group formats.”

And Daniel Masler, a therapist in Washington, said in the Post report that requests for climate-related treatment at his practice has grown.

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I don’t know who is most to blame:

  • Our FUBAR educational system, that has churned out at least a couple of generations of scientifically illiterate morons.
  • A “participation trophy” culture, churning out snowflakes.
  • The purveyors of climate crisis porn, masquerading as climate “scientists.”
  • The celebrity climate hypocrites (Al Gore, John Kerry, George Clooney, Harry & Me-Again, etc.) jet-setting around the world, trying to scare the Bejesus out of scientifically illiterate morons.
  • Greta Thunberg, the poster child for Climate Despair… Too bad her poster isn’t a milk carton… If I have to tell you when I’m being sarcastic, it takes all the fun out of sarcasm!
  • The sensationalistic left-wing media exaggerating everything except the truth.
  • Fascistic social media platforms suppressing the truth.
  • Power-hungry Marxist politicians, hell-bent on destroying capitalism and controlling every aspect of our lives.
  • Or the depraved mental health “professionals” taking advantage of these witless fools.

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September 6, 2021 at 04:41PM