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29 January 2018

Climate have you feeling anxious, depressed? You're not alone

There's not a ton of research on this subject yet. But a new study from the peer-reviewed journal Global Environmental Change surveyed 342 people and found a link between climate change concern and depression and anxiety.

The hardest hit: women and low-income people who are worried about the planet, Reuters reports.

The American Psychological Association published a 70-page review surveying research on the impacts, implications and guidance for helping climate change's effects on mental health. It listed the following mental health symptoms that can be related to climate change:

• Depression, stress and anxiety

• Strains on social relationships

• Complicated grief

• Substance abuse

• Post-traumatic stress disorder

• Loss of personal identity

• Helplessness and fatalism 

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