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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS

In his article Depression, anxiety, PTSD: The Emotional Effects of Climate Change, Meera Senthilingam, a CNN journalist, discusses how climate change, especially flooding, has mental health implications for individuals. He cites how many city dwellers wish to raise their families in a huge spacious house with green scenery in the countryside. Such hopes, however, are crushed as they finish the building of such residential homes only to find later that the area is vulnerable to flooding. In demonstrating how climate changes adversely affect residents of a particular area, Senthilingam highlights a case of 1996, of Heather Shepherd, who moved away from the town center in their north London home, to a countryside farmhouse which they planned to renovate and make their home.
The area was scarcely populated, and as such, they would get to know their neighbors too well and form long lasting friendly relations. Sadly though, two years after renovation, they realized that the area was prone to floods. The waves set them back and frustrated their efforts to live in a vast countryside. The family was in danger of losing everything to floods and this economically, physically and psychologically affected them so much. They had to safely keep their property to prevent more damage as a result of flooding. In spite of their encounter, and degree of preparedness Shepherd fears that the floods may come again with more distraught effects. Shepherd explained to Senthilingam that her husband is hopeful that floods will not occur another time. However, for her, she is fearful and in everything she does spend her days thinking of the possibility of disaster and the best measures to take to ensure the safety of her home and property if the floods come again.
Senthilingam presents the idea that floods, storms, heat waves, and droughts keep increasing as a result of climate change, and the repercussions of these climate changes, for instance, they trauma they may have on the minds of the affected is a matter that medics, policymakers, and governments are putting into consideration in making emergency plans for helping the vulnerable population. Senthilingam notes that the prediction of Climate is intense not only floods: there are heat waves, rising sea level which causes massive land loss, and unplanned migration and droughts which affect agriculture as well as the farmers who are involved in it.
With such concerns, there are a plethora of challenges plaguing a person�s mental status, like depression, anxiety, aggression, substance abuse, worry and even suicidal thoughts to those who find it hard to cope. Researchers advise that if this is not solved, such conditions prevail for a longer time and their effects become detrimental to nature and the human mind. James Rubin a researcher and a psychologist at Kings College London carried out research on the psychological effects of individuals both directly and indirectly affected by floods and found out that among the primary health impacts of floods is the mental health factor. Rubin is the idea that psychological health aspect requires a lot of attention as preventing (climate change) from taking place, from getting worse and intervening is extremely vital. According to Senthilingam, floods lead to significant losses and damage. Rubin recommends that sufficient psychological health services should be offered as routine parts of mitigation efforts and the danger factors should be identified to assist in protecting people from suffering from such conditions in the first place. These efforts may be supporting individuals who are cut off from social support services or setting measures to prevent immense damage of homes.

Work cited
Senthilingam, Meera. �Depression, Anxiety, PTSD: The Mental Impact Of Climate Change�. CNN March 14, 2017. Web. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/14/health/climate-change-mental-health-eprise/

August 09, 2021

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