High temperatures, PHI raises the alarm: Heat and drought increase the risk of depression

2024-04-12 18:46:24 / EKONOMI&SOCIALE ALFA PRESS

High temperatures, PHI raises the alarm: Heat and drought increase the risk of
The high temperatures these days are a consequence of climate change.

But experts raise concerns that the climate has a negative impact on children's mental health.

A study conducted by ISHP experts among Albanian children has highlighted that climate changes, such as heat, drought and poor air quality increase the risk of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, impaired cognitive function, interpersonal aggression and affect others in mental health.

Hotter temperatures on school days have a significant negative effect on student learning, and these effects appear to be more pronounced for students

A projected increase in temperature of 2°C is associated with a 4% decrease in learning, and a 4°C increase in temperature is associated with a 7% decrease in learning.

Experts have come to the conclusion that climate change will increase even more mental health disorders in children and will most likely affect the deterioration of their mental health indicators.

WHO estimates the prevalence of anxiety and depression disorders in the general population of Albania at 3.8% and 4.8%, respectively.

The latest data regarding the mental health situation especially among children and adolescents in Albania in 2022 has revealed that 16% of children and adolescents felt anxiety and nervousness every day, while 10% reported difficulty sleeping.

Experts say that these problems have long-term consequences not only for the mental health of children and adolescents, but also for families and the national economy. However, a large number of these cases are not recognized by health care providers and therefore not treated.

 

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