Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Anxiety over environment brings weird crimes and a new industry

...Psychologists say eco-terrorism might be an extreme display of “eco-anxiety,” the new buzz word in mental health: An increasing number of people are literally worrying themselves sick over desperate scenarios of environmental catastrophe in their mind.

“It was things like, I read an article about the whales and I can't stop crying, and I can't figure out why,” New Mexico therapist Melissa Pickett speaks of a typical symptom eco-anxious patients would describe.

...Treating the problem is becoming a booming business, with eco-therapists like Pickett charging up to $250 an hour for the service.