The American Psychological Association (APA) defines eco-anxiety as “a chronic fear of environmental doom” (report). As the definition suggests, eco-anxiety not a response to an acute event, but a state of mind that arises gradually as we watch the slow and frightening consequences of climate change unfold. Eco-anxiety can manifest in intense worry and rumination, generalized anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, feelings of sadness, loss, guilt, hopelessness, and irritability - in other words, symptoms of anxiety and depression. The mental health community is increasingly engaged with the impacts of climate change: The APA assembled a task force in 2008 and published this 70 page report in 2017 to build awareness and educate professionals.
At Mindspace we believe that psychologists and mental health professionals can play an important role in helping individuals understand and meet these challenges responsibly and constructively.
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