Anxiety is a the most apparent mental health issue in our industrialized society, affecting every 6th person worldwide. Primarily based on an unfavorable individual lifestyle. Now medical research has identified a type of anxiety beyond individual cause – as a result of the climate change our globe is facing right now. With no conventional medical treatment available at this time – just personal adjustments in daily life. Read on to learn more about.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
Feeling of anxiety is one of the most apparent mental issues in our industrialized society. Affecting every 6th person worldwide, many of those life-long. With a wide spectrum of symptoms like dizziness, nervousness, chest pain, heart palpitations, insomnia, dry mouth, etc.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT – SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED
While the mental phenomenon of anxiety is usually related to unfavorable personal lifestyle factors, now we learn about a new – environmental – cause of severe anxiety. Due to climate change causing, inter alia, rising sea levels and changes in weather patterns, leading potentially to droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, etc., destroying people’s basis of life in many cases.
This type of ‘eco-anxiety’ has been declared by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as a chronic fear of environmental doom. Potentially leading not only to anxiety by itself but even more related mental health problems such as, inter alia,
Scientifically validated by research at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and its Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, located in New Haven, Connecticut.
According to these findings, no less but 70% of U.S. citizens are anxious about this climate change we are facing right now, with more than half of the population feeling even helpless about. With special reference to dangerous weather conditions potentially causing, inter alia, loss of current livelihood such as job or housing, fears for future generations, etc. Enforced by dramatic media reports about consequences of the climate change.
Since there is no medical definition of ‘co-anxiety’ officially, this new type of anxiety is not covered in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). That’s why doctors usually do not consider it diagnosable.
Leaving the patient with positive adjustments of individual lifestyle.
E.g. by boosting self-resilency, following the recommendations of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Inter alia,
Also, be physically and mentally active in nature, and stay optimistic.
IN A NUTSHELL
Anxiety is a most apparent mental health issue in our industrialized society, affecting more than 15% of world population. Primarily based on an unfavorable personal lifestyle. Now medical research has identified a type of anxiety beyond individual cause – as a result of the climate change our globe is facing right now. With no conventional medical treatment available at this time – just personal adjustments in daily life, as recommended in this blog.
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