Climate change and water crisis are also causing stress, study finds
The water crisis caused by climate change is becoming increasingly stressful. This has been revealed from the research conducted in the American state of Michigan.
The study at the local level found that the water crisis is affecting one in four people with mental and neurological diseases.
Initially, they suffer from clinical depression, but if faced with continuous water crisis, such people become victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
According to the journal published by researchers from Duke University, Medical University of South Carolina and Boston University, there is an urgent need to provide large-scale mental health care at the local level, which would not be possible without the support of the federal government.
The study surveyed nearly 2,000 people who lived in the Flint, Michigan area during the 2014 water crisis.
Surveys of these individuals during 2019 and 2020 revealed that rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among flat dwellers were three to five times higher than expected.
About 97.8 percent of Flint residents surveyed experienced mixed feelings, ranging from worry, frustration, regret, sadness, fear, anger, and concern, to the water crisis, the researchers said, while 41 percent reported contaminated water. complained of mental and emotional problems due to
According to the researchers, there has been a significant increase in mental health problems as well as problems related to water emergencies in the said area.
According to experts, PTSD is a mental condition that occurs when a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event.
Symptoms include the patient having flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and recurring thoughts of the specific event.
According to experts, the effects of PTSD can last for a long time and may even be passed on to the next generation.