Health Problems, Global Warming Linked, Per Study

Health Problems, Global Warming Linked, Per Study

Health Problems, Global Warming Linked, Per Study

In this new study released to mark World Mental Health Day, scientists anchor how mental health is seriously impacted.

Earlier this month, the United Nations issued a dire warning: If we do not change our behaviors and energy consumption soon, it could have a damning effect.

The researchers also found that being a woman instead of a man was associated with an effect of the same magnitude. "For example, is poor sleep due to hot temperatures the thing that produces mental health problems?" "We have a lot of work to do to figure out precisely what is causing what". He looked at self-reported mental health data for over two million USA residents between 2002 and 2012 and compared it to the meteorological records.

The Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance survey might be the largest public health monitoring survey in the world, Obradovich explained.

More specifically, the study determined that there was a 0.5 increase in mental health difficulties for people in a month that averaged over 86 degrees Fahrenheit when compared to a month with an average between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

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And another study - looking at 17 years of data from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on heat waves and hospital admissions - also found an increase of people coming to the hospital for "self-harm" during warmer times of the year. "Warming over time associates with worsened mental health over time", Obradovich told CNN.

The CDC data included a location for each participant, and the researchers used it to match each person's mental health status to the weather where he or she lived.

"Generally what we found was that exposure to hotter temperatures and more precipitation increased the reporting of mental health problems".

It also recommended investing in mental health resilience-building through parents and teachers; and psycho-social provision in schools and community spaces, especially in hardship contexts such as conflict and natural disaster settings.

Finally, the team considered the toll of hurricanes on mental health.

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One in five young people will experience a mental health problem this year. Their result: The occurrence of mental health problems was 4 percentage points higher among those who were hit by the hurricane than among those who weren't.

Guterres said poor mental health during adolescence has an impact on educational achievement and increases the risk of alcohol and substance use and violent behaviour. However, "there are many other place-specific factors that may moderate the effect".

Other studies have found a connection between suicide rates and temperature.

Between 2002 and 2012, almost 2 million participants were asked this question: "Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?" Obradovich, who noted that some people near the coast may be feeling anxiety about the possibility of hurricane damage to their homes, agreed: "There could be additional effects of worry about climate change that we're not able to capture in this study".

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