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Here’s How Climate Change is Impacting Your Wellbeing

As climatic factors shift, human behavior patterns also switch. Learn why they both are interrelated and affect physiological and psychological health.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Here’s How Climate Change is Impacting Your Wellbeing (This picture has been created with MidJourney)
Here’s How Climate Change is Impacting Your Wellbeing (This picture has been created with MidJourney)

Climate change is not just about melting ice caps or rising sea levels. It also includes the hidden toll it takes on mental health. As temperatures rise continuously and extreme weather events become more frequent, the psychological effects ripple through communities, often go unnoticed but are deeply felt. From heat-related illnesses to the influence of air pollution, the mental health of the global population is under siege. Know how.


Heatwaves, fueled by climate change, are becoming more frequent and intense. Beyond physical health risks like heatstroke and dehydration, these prolonged periods of high temperatures hurt mental health. As stress hormones surge in response to heat stress, feelings of irritability and agitation become a common phenomenon. Moreover, vulnerable populations, including those with mental illness, are at heightened risk, as medications can impede the body's ability to regulate temperature effectively.

Aggression and Domestic Violence:

There is a disturbing correlation between extreme heat and increased aggression, leading to a rise in domestic violence incidents during heatwaves. With a significant rise in the temperatures, coping mechanisms falter, and often heightened emotions can explode into violence. Additionally, the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism worsens the situation, further fueling aggression and impairing judgment.

Cognitive Impairment:

While the physical effects of heat are well-documented, its impact on cognitive function is less understood. Vasodilation, the body's response to heat, redirects blood flow away from vital organs, including the brain, leading to reduced cognitive performance. Decision-making becomes impaired, and individuals may struggle with basic tasks, adding a layer of stress to already challenging situations.

Air Pollution:

Particulate air pollution, a byproduct of fossil fuel, and a constant surge in wildfires pose another threat to mental health. These microscopic particles infiltrate the bloodstream and the brain, causing inflammation and damage to nerve cells. The consequences are dire, with increased risks of depression, ADHD, and even dementia in adults. Children are particularly vulnerable, with lower cognitive abilities and higher rates of behavioral problems linked to air pollution exposure.

As the climate crisis intensifies, so too does its impact on mental health. From the sweltering heatwaves to the toxicity caused by air pollution, the toll on global well-being is undeniable. Thus, it is high time to recognize the interconnectedness of climate change and mental health and take decisive action to mitigate these risks.

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