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Extreme heat, humidity and other weather-related events appear to increase mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. analysis It focuses on the Bangladeshi community.

It is known, but Climate Change Can have serious psychological effects healthThe researchers looked at the national level data It’s missing.

The study, published in February The Lancet Planetary Health It is based on data examining climate-related and socio-demographic associations in Bangladesh. The world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change.

“We are nowwater Unfortunately, this mark may soon be overshadowed by how the climate affects mental health. Vulnerable “This should serve as a warning to other countries,” says the lead author. Sayed Shabab WahidAssistant Professor, School of Global Health. Georgetown UniversityFaculty of Health Sciences.

“As climate change worsens, temperatures and humidity will continue to rise and natural phenomena will disaster“We are seeing a number of disasters, including extreme flooding, that portend worsening effects on our collective mental health,” Wahid said.

Bangladesh faces multiple climate-related risks, including rising temperatures and humidity, heatwaves and natural disasters such as severe floods and cyclones, making it “a suitable environment to explore different aspects of the climate emergency,” according to Wahid.

Extreme weather events, including rising temperatures, increased rainfall and, of course, flooding, come with worrying attendant psychological costs.

Liz Van Susteren, co-founder of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance

The researchers measured climate-related variables, such as seasonal changes in temperature and humidity over a two-month period, at 43 weather stations in Bangladesh. They looked at instances when study participants experienced flooding, showing how small changes in climate-related weather phenomena can affect mental health outcomes.

Additionally, the researchers conducted two surveys in both urban and rural households, from August to September 2019 and January to February 2020, to assess depression and anxiety among adults.

People who experienced temperatures one degree warmer in the two months prior to the study were 21% more likely to have an anxiety disorder and 24% more likely to suffer from both depression and anxiety at the same time.

Exposure to worsening flooding associated with climate change in the region was associated with an increased odds of developing any illness, with a 31 percent increase in depression, a 69 percent increase in anxiety, and an 87 percent increase in the presence of both illnesses.

Wahid said the findings were the first in Bangladesh, and South Asia as a whole, to link exposure to elevated temperatures and humidity, or severe flooding, to adverse mental health outcomes such as depression and anxiety.

The researchers found increased vulnerability to depression and anxiety across the older age group, he says: “The older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from any of these conditions. We also found that women are more vulnerable to depression.”

Liz Van Susteren, Climate Psychiatry Alliance“The data from this study is consistent with other research and should be disseminated widely,” says Dr. Schneider, author of the study. “Extreme weather events, including rising temperatures, increased precipitation, and of course flooding, come with worrying attendant psychological costs.”

The physical impacts of climate change are more visible and therefore attract more attention, Van Susteren said, adding: “In contrast, the psychological burden is often hidden – it seeps in and creeps unconsciously into every aspect of our lives, our families and our communities. It is severely under-reported and therefore extremely difficult to address.”

Van Susteren sees a strong need for climate and mental health expertise to educate the public and advocate for “bold policies that reduce the risks to our mental and physical health.”

“This study encourages those of us immersed in a world of climate crisis to highly value research that addresses this dangerous challenge to our health and our future, because as bad as the external storms are, the internal storms could be even worse, especially in the long term,” she added.

This article was originally published on CyDevNet. read Original Article.


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