We tend to nurture an one eyed approach towards the impact of global warming. We never go beyond the obvious and delve into the critical to figure out deeper consequences which humans face, besides the much discussed environmental and physical transformations. The aftermath of a climate disaster in terms of the impact on human mind is lost into the maze of myriad arrangements in the pipeline to rehabilitate losses.
Overwhelming climate tragedies- storms, floods, droughts or coastal erosion disrupts the regular flow of life, the economic consolidation as well as the social fabric. When one perceives the deep-seated fears coming alive, it has an unfathomable impact on their psychological health- a compelling aspect of one’s well being. Therefore, astounding but true, the causes and effects of global warming severely influences our mental health.
Trauma and shock due to suffering at a personal level, the grief of losing a loved one, loss of property, livelihood and security leads to settling down of a canopy of terror, fear and anger, dominate the rationality of individuals. An obvious side-effect surfaces in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- an inseparable menace. Surge in the level of anxiety takes a direct toll on health, leading to weakening of immunity and other nerve wrecking consequences likewise.
Climate fluctuations lead disasters degrades the physical environment, posing a challenge to food yields, water supplies- ultimately paving the path for displacement and loss of livelihood. In turn, discontent penetrates through the social structure relinquishing lives into the hands of poverty, malnutrition and often terminal illnesses. Consequently, quality of life degrades, social identity is lost- leading to bouts of helplessness and loss of self control, exposing one to unforeseen vulnerabilities. The lack of innate resilience to confront unexpected turbulence culminates into deterioration of mental health, primarily depression.
Scientific studies have established that high temperatures and humidity have a strong effect on mental conditionality. Mental health concerns often fluctuate in accordance with humidity that supposedly modulates the effect of temperature on mental health. This inter-linkage between humidity and rising temperature is beyond our fathomable limits, yet has to be considered while treating the apparent mental disorder or illness.
As a chain reaction, in the long run, the plethora of causes and effects of global warming provokes hostility at a community level, becoming the causative factor for evolving communal disharmony, aggression and unhealthy competition for a better life. Indigenous people are the worst effected who are highly dependent on the environment for their existence. This loss of orientation is identifiable through the relentless conduct as well as the indomitable spirit to repair the damages.
In order to combat the hazard, we have to arm ourselves with a level of preparedness, therapeutic interventions as well as strategic and sustainable alternatives that lessens the severity of impacts, if unable to wipe out the factors wholly.
Incorporating eco friendly lifestyle and legislating sustainable policies are the only measures to tame the growing impact of climate change on human health. Resorting to bikes or walking along clean green spaces, experiencing the natural bliss amidst a fresh expanse is known to be natural stress eliminators.