As soon as I woke up that morning, I saw the headline, and I knew it to be true. This wasn’t fake news; this was cold, hard reality. Why is the news always so dramatic? To sell papers and advertising space, obviously, but there’s something insidious about it that makes the anxiety addictive. It’s like a drug feeding off our worst fears, seducing us with terror to light up the primitive parts of our brain. The news on this morning amped the anxiety up to 11: “Antarctic Melting Now Unstoppable.” You can’t really get much more dramatic than that [but refer to this article’s headline for an honest attempt].
Flash forward a few years, and another headline made the rounds that I also knew to be true: climate change can cause extreme mental health issues in people, particularly increasing the incidence of depression, PTSD, and suicide. Yeah, I can relate. Climate change stresses me out.