Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD: A CNN article.

Read this.

Tell me exactly what the psychologist, James Rubin from Kings College, says about the mental effects of climate change.

Nothing.

Not a damn thing.

He has studied and discusses the mental impact of flooding.

The author of the report put (climate change) in parenthesis in a direct quote from Rubin as well interspersed Rubin's words with tidbits about flooding events "expected to rise," "could be heat waves," plus a bunch of other horrors and finally "suicide for those who cannot cope."

Rubin is concerned about the mental health of people who experience natural disasters and doesn't think the problems will necessarily go away on their own.

He recommends that adequate mental health services be provided as standard parts of a response effort and that risk factors be identified to help protect people from developing any of these conditions in the first place, such as helping people who have been cut off from social support services or preventing extensive damage to homes.
At no time does he talk about the impact of climate change on mental health. But that doesn't stop the author from putting this beauty forth at the end of the section with Dr. Rubin:

But the feelings will always be there -- worry, anxiety, fear -- feelings many people not just around the world are experiencing as they think about the future of the Earth. 
Bait and switch. Subliminal messaging. Fake it 'til you make it.

Whatever you want to call it, this "reporting" from CNN causes me great anxiety. Now I'm a slightly depressed.  And CNN has a bad case of PTSD, if PTSD means Prone to Transmit Slanted Data.  

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