Some Anxiety Disorders Found to Focus on Climate Change
Worriers have climate change anxiety: study
ABCNet (Australia), March 9, 2012
A new study has found that many people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are worrying about the effects of climate change and global warming.
Researchers from the University of Sydney looked at patients attending an anxiety disorders clinic.
They found one-third of the patients had anxiety about the effects of climate change.
Their behaviours included checking and rechecking pets water bowls, light switches, taps and stoves.
Researchers say while these behaviours are common in obsessive compulsive disorder, the rationale was unique.
They said they were checking appliances to reduce their global footprint.
Researchers say theirs is the first study on the impact of climate change in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder.
They recommend that doctors be aware of the anxiety in the community about climate change.