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Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Zealand: Global Warming Fears Seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Patients



Somehow we knew it would come to this.

New Zealand: Global Warming Fears Seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Patients
A recent study has found that global warming has impacted the nature of symptoms experienced by obsessive compulsive disorder patients.

Climate change related obsessions and/or compulsions were identified in 28% of patients presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder. Their obsessions included leaving taps on and wasting water, leaving lights on and wasting electricity, pets dying of thirst, leaving the stove on and wasting gas as well as obsessions that global warming had contributed to house floors cracking, pipes leaking, roof problems and white ants eating the house.

Compulsions in response to these obsessions included the checking of taps, light switches, pet water bowls and house structures.

“Media coverage about the possible catastrophic consequences to our planet concerning global warming is extensive and potentially anxiety provoking. We found that many obsessive compulsive disorder patients were concerned about reducing their global footprint,” said study author Dr Mairwen Jones.


They left off denying it is cold. Insisting warm weather causes it to snow. Constant recounting the polar bear population...

Is anyone actually surprised?


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