Psychosis Brought On By Climate Change Fears?

Australia’s Herald Sun reports on the case of a 17-year-old admitted to a psychiatric hospital for what the article refers to as “climate change delusion.” Specifically, the teen stopped drinking water because he “developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies.”

Are movies like “An Inconvenient Truth” and “The Day After Tomorrow” unnecessarily stirring paranoia and apocalyptic terrors in some people? Or is it just a case of an individual with a previous history of depression finding a “trigger” for further mental difficulties?

Of course, this all leads to the debate as to whether our planet is truly in danger from global warming or not, and this is the type of story that climate change skeptics might like to pounce on and use for their own purposes. But, as time goes on, might there be those who become unhealthily obsessed by tales of environmental collapse, the way people have been obsessed with tales of Y2K, Biblical revelations, and the threat of nuclear war?



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