Climate change has long been linked to physical harm in humans: be it injuries resulting from storms, illness borne out of flooding or malnutrition from droughts, extreme weather events have been known to harm human health. Though it’s less obvious, there’s a link between climate change and mental health as well. A report released Wednesday by the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health and ecoAmerica detailed how climate change and associated extreme weather events can cause trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and an abundance of other mental health problems.
“The tolls on our mental health are far reaching,” the report stated. “They induce stress, depression and anxiety; strain social and community relationships; and have been linked to increases in aggression, violence and crime.”