Good Grief!

Guest post by Robert A. Gorkin, PhD, MD, JD

As far back as 2017, leaders of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) decided it was imperative that the profession should take a stand on climate change. The APA then formally issued a position statement entitled “Mental Health and Climate Change” which endorsed the reality of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming and committed the organization to “support and collaborate with patients, communities, and other health care organizations engaged in efforts to mitigate the adverse health and mental health effects of climate change.” (Claire Zilber, M.D., Psychiatrists’ Role in Addressing Ecological Grief, Psychiatric News, Vol. 54, No. 24, Dec. 20, 2019, (7,15 at 7.))

The APA also maintains a “Climate Change and Mental Health Connections” feature on its website with such topics as the “effect of climate disasters on mental health, promotion of resilience in the face of climate-related disasters,” as well the assertion that climate disasters will lead to “increased social instability and reduced community cohesion, which in turn may lead to more aggression and crime.” (Id.)

In November 2019, an “action-packed” APA Assembly meeting in Washington, D.C., “approved an action paper asking the APA to sign the ‘U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity [: A Policy Action Agenda].’” (Mark Moran, Assembly Seeks APA Sign-On To Climate Statement, Takes Other Actions, Psychiatric News, supra at 16).

The “Call to Action” is a document drafted in part–and promoted by—“Physicians For Social Responsibility,” an organization that describes itself as the “U.S. Affiliate Of International Physicians For The Prevention Of Nuclear War”; which has now expanded its original focus of concern to include warnings of global catastrophic climate change. (

The “Call to Action” begins with the statement that, “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced—it is a true public health emergency.” ( (emphasis in the original). It goes on to state, “[t] he health, safety and wellbeing of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change.” (Id.)


Climate change is the ‘greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.’ Extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related events have already caused thousands of deaths and displaced tens of thousands of people in the U.S. from their homes, with significant personal loss and mental health impacts especially for first responders and children. Air pollution, whose primary driver—fossil fuel combustion—is also the primary driver of climate change, causes hundreds of thousands of deaths in the U.S. annually. Mosquito and tick-borne diseases are spreading to new communities. The agricultural, food, and water systems we depend on for our survival are under threat. Without an urgent and effective response, these harms will greatly increase.” (Id.) (emphasis in the original.)

At the November meeting, the members of the APA Assembly felt that this issue was of “‘sufficient urgency’ that it [should] be referred directly to the Board of Trustees for approval and enactment.” (Moran, supra.)

James Fleming, M.D., one of the sponsors of the Action Paper, supported the proposal by arguing (ad verecundiam) that the, “American College of Emergency Physicians has also signed the document. ‘I think it’s safe to say the emergency physicians wouldn’t sign onto something like this if they didn’t think it was a true emergency’” (Id.)

The Psychiatric News did not report whether there was any debate in the Assembly as to the actual merits of these claims, nor was there any mention of a discussion of as to what extent members of the American College of Emergency Physicians—let alone the APA Assembly attendees, themselves—have the requisite competence, education, and have spent the effort to judiciously study both sides of the issue to render truly informed judgment.

In the same edition of Psychiatric News, Claire Zilber, M.D.—who writes the “Ethics Corner” feature—starts her column by stating:

“Sometimes a matter of personal ethics is so strong that it must find its way into professional ethics as well. This is the case with climate change and the threat it poses to humanity and biodiversity. Both the institutions of our profession and individual psychiatrists must play a vital role in the response to global climate change.” (Zilber, supra at 7.)

And, even though the “APA has taken a clear position . . . institutional policy is not enough.” (Id.) So what does the good doctor recommend?

Among other things, psychiatrists need to “recognize ecological grief when it arises in the treatment setting.” (Id.) (emphasis added.) Zilber goes on to preemptively agonize about an imagined future:

“Watching depictions of the melting of polar ice or the desertification of vast swaths of once-fertile land may generate a sense of despair or helplessness. Closer to home we may be sad when we miss butterflies and bees that used to visit the garden, suffer loss because our favorite hiking spot has succumbed to wildfire, or feel anxious that our local beach will be eroded by the next superstorm.” (Id.)

Furthermore, although all humanity is vulnerable to a “personal sense of loss,” economic inequities adversely impact the “elderly, poor, and homeless [who are] at greatest risk of heat-related deaths.” (Id.) Zilber fails to discuss the data showing that cold-related deaths far exceed those attributed to heat. (See,e.g.,

She goes on to argue oddly that “trailer homes are most at risk in tornadoes,” and trailer homes are “found in parts of the country with the highest incidence of tornadoes.” (Id.) The suppressed logic here is apparently that the demographics of those people “condemned” to trailer home ownership provide even more evidence for climate disaster economic inequity. Not to be left out are the citizens of the “Bahamas, the Philippines, and Haiti [who] suffer the most after hurricanes because their structures and infrastructure are more vulnerable [than those] of wealthier countries.” (Id.)

And what argument would be complete without the obligatory, self-flagellatory mea culpa of “environmental racism” as witnessed by oil pipelines being “routed through Native lands,” and “Black, Latino, and Native communities bearing a disproportionate burden of exposure to toxic waste sites, poorly managed sewage treatment plants, and water containing lead and arsenic.” (Id.) Zilber is still not finished with her indictment of our collective guilt for environmental racism. She concludes by elaborating ex nihilo, and de novo creates a new, even more malignant, and inheritable species of eco-racist generated psychopathology: “Indeed, Native populations may have inherited ecological grief, because they have been experiencing the loss of home and habitat for many generations.” (Id.)

Not to worry, our good psychiatrist has an answer:

“If a patient expresses something that sounds like ecological grief, it may be helpful to use that term. Having names for feelings increases empathy and adaptation. Supporting patients as they articulate the further injustices experienced by their particular communities may help them feel heard and respected. There is likely an epidemic of ecological grief in the world right now, yet without the language to discuss and study it we are less able to intervene in a helpful way.

Psychiatrists know that talking about a loss helps a person to process and overcome it, to move from despair to self-efficacy. We are in a unique position to help our patients and the public name the pain that comes up so frequently these days in response to manifestations of climate change and environmental degradation.” (Id. at 15.)

It is a shame when a professional organization gets hijacked (by presumably well-meaning individuals) to take extraordinary positions on subjects that are manifestly well outside of its arena of competence. I have seen no evidence in these reports or on the APA website of any (let alone substantive) debate. Not only as to the validity of the underlying science, the inherent problems with climate models, natural variability, etc.; but even more fundamentally, there is no acknowledgement of the concept of weather as distinct from climate. Nor is there any consideration of the potential benefits of more temperate conditions on health, nature, biodiversity, agriculture, and economics, not to mention the potential and well-documented adverse environmental and economic consequences of the solutions proposed by CAGW activists.

Most unfortunately for Dr. Zilber and her like-minded comrades, her emotional endorsement of ecological guilt and other climate-related pathologies only serves to create, validate, and legitimize new mental disorders that have no basis in reality–this in a profession that has a sorry record of past iatrogenic abuses.

Dr. Zilber appeals to Section 7 of the Principles of Medical Ethics, which states, “A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and betterment of public health.” (Id. at 7.)

I would suggest Primum non nocere (first do no harm) is the far better ethical guide.

As for the APA and its leadership, it is all well and good to advocate for taking care of the psychological sequelae of disasters—including the meteorological. But going beyond this by adding the imprimatur of the profession—no matter how well-intentioned—by taking one side of an issue that is demonstrably well beyond the sphere of the usual education, licensed arena of occupational competence, and scope of practice for psychiatry, significantly diminishes the integrity of the profession.

The solution; a modest proposal:

I suggest, rather than engaging in a self-imposed lobotomy, the APA should have a real debate. Rather than potentially following in the footsteps of Trofim Lysenko, the APA should welcome a Devil’s advocate. Perhaps suspending premature judgment but “Be Prepared” is, in fact, the best of all possible worlds.

Finally, it would be hard to find a better precept to guide the APA in its deliberations than Immanuel Kant’s descriptive credo for the Age of Enlightment: Sapere Aude! (dare to know, or more loosely, dare to think for yourself!).

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old white guy
February 17, 2020 6:05 am

The APA should stick to something they know less about than the climate, psychiatry.

John Brisbin
Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 6:51 am

I understand that they thought about extending the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) to include the functions of MOTOR’s Estimated Repair Times (for automobiles) for each listed mental disorder. Then they realized that anything and everything would be labeled: Patient lifetime duration plus that of immediate family.

Bill Powers
Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 8:30 am

Mental Instability leads individuals into psychiatry as a field of study. Nobody needs a shrink more than a psychiatrist. Its where the old saw “the blind leading the blind” first came into practical use.

Reply to  Bill Powers
February 17, 2020 9:03 am

And as Clarice said to Hannibal –
“Dr Lecter, why don’t you turn your high powered perception toward yourself?”

layor nala
Reply to  Bill Powers
February 17, 2020 11:42 am

But where do the psychiatrists find a psychiatrist that is also not a psychiatric case?!

Bill Powers
Reply to  layor nala
February 18, 2020 4:46 am

Layro, the better question is what did people do before there were psychiatrists and why were there, per capita, fewer mentally unstable people?

Reply to  Bill Powers
February 17, 2020 12:49 pm

I heard a quote from a well known psychiatrist from back when they were known as alienists: “To be a good alienist, it helps to be somewhat alienated yourself.”

Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 8:34 am

Psychology is not science, and neither is “climate science.” They have that in common . . .

Bill Powers
Reply to  Goldrider
February 18, 2020 4:47 am

The are both Social Science which is another way of say Nonsense.

Trying to Play Nice
Reply to  Goldrider
February 18, 2020 9:59 am

In the US, psychiatrists are licensed physicians with a medical degree and a residency in psychiatry. Psychologists have a degree (Masters or PhD in Psychology). Don’t conflate the two. They are much different.

Charles Higley
Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 8:50 am

I used to live in Tornado Alley. We like to joke that trailer parks either attract tornadoes or that they cause tornadoes. OR God simply does not like trailer parks.

Bt their nature, trailer parks favor flat land and tornadoes tend to thrive on flat land, being much less stable in hilly or maintains regions as hilly topography roils up the layers of air that can form tornadoes if left undisturbed.

That said, when Topeka, Kansas was being founded, they asked the local Indians where would be good place for a town. They indicated a long east to west ridge and said that tornadoes do not cross to the south side of the ridge. So, they built the town and it developed into a city. In 1966, the unthinkable occurred. The locals had been correct and no tornado crossed the ridge, but this day a tornado formed on the top of the ridge and then dropped down right through the city center. From the top of the ridge, one can see today a band of new buildings right through the town. 17 dead, over $200M in damages.

Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 1:00 pm

It’s not just the shrinks and the American Psychiatric Association..

Unprofessional, unscientific global warming extremism has taken over and sabotaged rational management of most professional societies and their publications. Read on:

By Tom Harris and Dr. Jay Lehr, May 24, 2019

“”The long march through the Institutions” as proposed by the Frankfurt school back in the 1930s was launched knowing it would be a generations long policy. Here we are three generations on and they have now taken control of all the western institutions as planned. The socialists do not stop just because their prime construct, the USSR failed in 1990. They regard that failure as simply work in progress. The climate as a tool which can never be tamed, was a genuine piece of strategic genius by the COGS (constantly offended green socialists). They will not stop. The destruction of humanity is too big a prize, they view this activity as pressing the Earth’s reset button.”

By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., April 14, 2019

“On December 6, 2018 I was informed in a letter from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) that I was “the 2019 Summit Award recipient of the Centennial Leadership Award. This is APEGA’s most prestigious award and is given to members of APEGA in recognition of continued leadership in the profession and in the community, attaining the highest distinction relating to engineering or geoscience.” That award has now been withdrawn by the Executive and the unanimous vote of APEGA Council, because of posts I wrote on

Two of my several accomplishments that resulted in the Centennial Award were:

· Innovations, by myself or with colleagues, which created 500,000 jobs, caused $250 billion in capital investment in Alberta and made Canada the fifth-largest oil producer in the world;

· Taking decisive actions that incurred significant personal risks when staff at the Mazeppa sour gas project were afraid to act, which may have saved up to 300,000 lives in Calgary.

APEGA objected to my following posts, which were written as my personal opinions:

“In the 20th Century, socialists Stalin, Hitler and Mao caused the deaths of over 200 million people, mostly their own citizens. Lesser killers like Pol Pot and the many tin-pot dictators of South America and Africa killed and destroyed the lives of many more.

Modern Green Death probably started with the 1972-2002 effective ban of DDT, which caused global deaths from malaria to increase from about 1 million to almost two million per year. Most of these deaths were children under five in sub-Saharan Africa – just babies for Christ’s sake!”
– February 1, 2019

“…radical greens (really radical leftists) are the great killers of our time. Now the greens are blinding and killing babies by opposing golden rice…” – March 10, 2019

“The Green movement is really a smokescreen for the old Marxists – and they are the great killers of our age.” – March 11, 2019

APEGA refused to discuss the evidence, and baselessly claimed the moral high ground.”

Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 3:21 pm

“The APA should stick to something they know less about than the climate, psychiatry.”

Really?? What they are really after: prescribing drugs often as addictive as fentanyl, as Jordan Peterson found out. What a corrupt way to make lots of money.

Reply to  old white guy
February 17, 2020 8:49 pm

They are sticking to what they know best – creating psychological “problems,” charging the sucker $150 / hour and up to “fix” them – and pocketing the kickbacks from the psychopharmaceutical industry as a side bonus.

Reply to  old white guy
February 19, 2020 10:11 am

What do psychiatrists know about climate change? They have no training in that field. I don’t ask my plumber for advice on the stock market. What’s going on here? We have some Swedish school delinquent lecturing us on the climate, and now the shrinks kick in their two bits? Crazy (er, sorry, mentally deranged.).

Reply to  Trebla
February 19, 2020 12:26 pm

Actually you should find out if your plumber does his own financials and how well he does, maybe you need to dump your money manager and take the plumber’s advice! People who run, successfully, their own businesses usually got a clue about working money and investments. I have yet to run into ANYONE in the “mental health” field who has a clue about anything.

Steve Case
February 17, 2020 6:07 am

Among other things, psychiatrists need to “recognize ecological grief…

Adam Gallon
Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 6:25 am

What a bunch of nutters!

Bill Powers
Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 8:36 am

Talk about a need for population control.

These people need to be sterilized and their parents need to be locked-up and prevented from any further procreation.

Flight Level
Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 9:22 am

Somewhere in my wacko climate archives I have a picture of a tree huger lady with certain body parts actually nailed to the tree. Legend says to share the pain and connect positive vibrations to the tree.

No comment.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 12:45 pm

Oh how tragic & sad, that Human beings could descend to such depths of stupidity, irrationality, illogical thinking, from the heights that we have reached over the last 1½ million years (give or take)! Very sad indeed!

Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 2:12 pm

These loons are with Earth First! They are not just batsh!t crazy – they are dangerous!

“My three goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”
David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!

”I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. it played an important part in balancing ecosystems.”
John Davis, Editor of Earth First! Journal

February 17, 2020 3:04 pm

This nutty professor wants us all to stop having children so that the human population will eventually die out.

Reply to  Alba
February 18, 2020 12:30 am


The fact that it doesn’t occur to the idiot it might mean his own kids and grandkids might be marched off for ‘reallocation’ indicates he couldn’t think his way out a wet paper bag! But then in a socialist idyll they all believe they’ll have automatic elite membership.

What always makes me grin is that, when they get to the blessed 100m number, what then? Lots of space on the planet, so how will they find and deal with transgressors?

And of course, how do they deal with Amazonian tribes that have yet to see a white man. Do they carpet bomb the entire jungle with Napalm – Just to make sure?

Then of course there’s always the thorny problem in Alabama, all those automatic weapons people are allowed to keep. That would be an interesting guerrilla war.

Reply to  Alba
February 18, 2020 3:09 am

well she wont have any problems in not having em;-0
as for the film clip I lasted 49seconds
surrounded by some rather nice nature theyre howling?
stick em in a desert for a dose of reality

and as for the pschyc mobs
yeah its another revenue n meds resource for lotsa extra ongoing income from the gullibles.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Alba
March 1, 2020 8:27 am

ozspeaksup February 18, 2020 at 3:09 am

well she wont have any problems in not having em;-0

as for the film clip I lasted 49seconds, surrounded by some rather nice nature
theyre howling?

stick em in a desert for a dose of reality

[ … ]

February 17, 2020 5:14 pm

David Foreman, John Davis: lead by example. That’s the only way we will know you are serious. Who knows, your true believers may be inspired enough to follow your example, and think how much better off you would leave this planet.

February 18, 2020 12:18 am


They would be far better looking at what’s causing the the climate depression. Certainly not the planet itself which is doing just fine, it’s the media hysteria whipped by people who actually believe:

Climate change is the ‘greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.’ Extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related events have already caused thousands of deaths and displaced tens of thousands of people in the U.S. from their homes, with significant personal loss and mental health impacts especially for first responders and children.

Despite the IPCC stating only a low (virtually zero) to medium (50/50 at best) confidence that climate affects weather.

And of course the simpleton Bezos has now added £10bn to fuel the fire. I wonder if he gets a refund if temperatures take a nose dive?

Reply to  HotScot
February 18, 2020 1:41 am

No question HotScot my friend.

The term “bathsh!t crazy” is utterly inadequate to describe the Earth First people.

But the rest of the Green mob are not that far behind them, in terms of their capacity for self-delusion and wild-eyed extremism.

During the Cold War, these people were Lenin’s “useful idiots”, who did the bidding of their Soviet masters. After the Berlin Wall fell and the end of the Soviet Union, they found a new home in the extreme-Green movement and have infiltrated almost every institution, including our schools, universities and professional societies.

Greenpeace co-founder and Past-President Dr Patrick Moore “nailed it “in 1994 in His essay, “Hard Choices for the Environmental Movement” – note especially “The Rise of Eco-Extremism”, at

Best, Allan

February 18, 2020 4:55 am

By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., July 4, 2019

Ever wonder why extremists attack honest scientists who oppose global warming and climate change hysteria? Ever wonder why climate extremists refuse to debate the science?

It is because global warming and climate change alarmism was never about the science – it was always a false narrative, a smokescreen for the totalitarian objectives of the extreme left.

The novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, written by George Orwell in 1949, foresaw a time “when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negationism and propaganda”. It now appears that Orwell had remarkable foresight.

Here is the real “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, an interview that year with ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov, who described their long-term program to ideologically undermine the western democracies. Note especially Bezmenov’s discussion of “ideological subversion”. It is all about manipulating the “useful idiots” – the pro-Soviet leftists within the democracies.

One commenter on the video wrote: “this is crazy, almost everything predicted by this guy is already happening.” Bernie Sanders, AOC and other socialist-Democrats are openly saying what Bezmenov predicted decades ago. The last democracies are under attack by leftist extremists.

All over the world, countries that once had a future have fallen into dictatorship, poverty and misery. It is notable that of the ~167 large countries in the world, most are totalitarian states, and all but “the chosen few” citizens of these countries suffer under brutal leftist dictatorships.

Radical greens have used wildly exaggerated stories of runaway global warming and climate change to stampede the gullible, in order to achieve their political objectives. The greens claim to be pro-environment, but their policies have done enormous environmental damage. Radical greens have also been destructive to humanity, causing millions of deaths.

February 18, 2020 5:12 am

By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., April 14, 2019

2. My hypothesis is that “Radical Greens are the Great Killers of Our Age”.

Here is some of the supporting evidence (for brevity, I’ve deleted the evidence links from the original paper):

The banning of DDT from ~1972 to 2002, which caused the malaria deaths of tens of millions of children under five years of age, and sickened and killed many more adults and children;

The fierce green opposition to golden rice, actions that blinded and killed millions of children;

The misallocation of scarce global resources for destructive intermittent “green energy” schemes, which are not green and produce little useful (dispatchable) energy;

Properly allocated, a fraction of the trillions of dollars squandered on green energy schemes could have installed clean drinking water and sanitation systems into every community on the planet, saving the lives of many tens of millions of children and adults; the remaining funds could have significantly reduced deaths from malaria and malnutrition;

The number of Excess Winter Deaths and shattered lives caused by runaway energy costs in the developed world and lack of access to modern energy in the developing world probably exceeds the tens of millions of malaria deaths caused by the DDT ban; Excess Winter Deaths (more deaths in winter than non-winter months) total about two million souls per year, which demonstrates that Earth is colder-than-optimum for humanity;

Indoor air pollution from cooking fires kills many women and children in the developing world;

In addition to runaway energy costs and increased winter deaths, intermittent wind and solar power schemes have reduced grid reliability and increased the risk of power outages;

Huge areas of agricultural land have been diverted from growing food to biofuels production, driving up food costs and causing hunger among the world’s poorest people.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Steve Case
February 18, 2020 6:16 am

Such wackos are now taking over environmental policy here in Massachusetts. Seriously. They’re trying hard to stop all forestry work on state lands- if they win that they’ll try to stop all forestry work on private lands. And, they’re pushing to end ***all*** carbon emissions in the state by 2050. Of course they live in nice wood homes (most with oil furnaces) with nice wood furniture and paper products and they all drive cars, fly in jets, eat meat. I’ll pass that video clip along to the legislators.

February 17, 2020 6:09 am

All those psychiatrists surely need to see a psychologist!

Reply to  E.Martin
February 17, 2020 6:35 am

…who should hug a tree for support!

Reply to  E.Martin
February 17, 2020 6:58 am

I think they need to see a psychiatrist. I don’t think mere psychologists can prescribe drugs.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Kamikazedave
February 17, 2020 8:55 am

Depends on the state.

Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Kamikazedave
February 17, 2020 12:43 pm

If only there was a drug to combat gullibility.

Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
February 18, 2020 3:11 am

yeah and theres no vaccine for stupid either;-/

Hocus Locus
February 17, 2020 6:10 am

“… But what is the destruction of the personal ego, compared with the founding of a mass neurosis…?”
~with apologies to Groucho Marx

February 17, 2020 6:14 am

Interesting points including the ironical lack of self-awareness of the psychiatrists mentioned, but the Latin bits are superfluous to the main argument. Some of the strangest people I have met are “mental health professionals” and psychiatrists.

Reply to  bernie1815
February 17, 2020 6:37 am

…the sick become the “physicians”, and the rest of us should avoid them!

Taylor Pohlman
Reply to  bernie1815
February 17, 2020 6:38 am

My old college psych professor had a reason why “some of the strangest people” are mental health professionals. He said (paraphrased): “roughly half my abnormal psych students are in class because they think something’s wrong with them and they are trying to find out what it is. One class isn’t usually enough, so they take another, and then another, until many have taken so much psychology that they have enough for a psych major, and then some go further, to get an advanced degree and become psych professionals, all while never realizing that they are there because there’s something wrong with them mentally…”

Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 17, 2020 7:01 am

None are more insane than mental health ‘ professionals ‘. High suicide rate.

Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 17, 2020 7:01 am

Exactly right!

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  RobR
February 17, 2020 9:24 am

And in a similar vein, I suspect that those who are experiencing the most anguish are those who don’t personally have the skills to evaluate the debate about CAGW, and are bewildered and frustrated by the fact that those who do, don’t share their belief and concerns. Thus, they have a reality crisis brought about by the world not conforming to their expectations, and they have a problem understanding why.

My only real angst is concern about all the ‘nutters,’ that are detached from reality, who are trying to turn the world on its head so that their belief system is validated.

Mad Mac
Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 17, 2020 7:48 am

I once attended a party given by psychiatric residents at Washington U St Louis (many years ago). I was in an entirely different health sciences program and don’t remember how I got invited. The party spilled outside and when I arrived, looking around I thought to myself, these residents are seriously depressed. So I agree with your comment.

Reply to  Taylor Pohlman
February 18, 2020 3:15 am

spot on! one of the most pschycopathic people I know has according to her mother, a friend of mine, just signed on for the pschyc courses here with intent to practice eventually. deity help anyone she “treats”
IF the sytem worked she wuld be weededout- as it stands I bet she gets honours;-(

Joe Crawford
Reply to  bernie1815
February 17, 2020 8:28 am

When I was in school back in the ’60s the head of the psychology department said that: “All psychology majors are either alcoholics, schizophrenics or sex maniacs… or more than one of the above.” I have yet to meet an exception.

Tom Johnson
February 17, 2020 6:16 am

I wonder when the APA will publish an article on the mental health aspects of irrational fear that lasts for decades of something that never happens?

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Tom Johnson
February 17, 2020 7:28 am


The irrational fear of an irrational fear.

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
February 17, 2020 8:24 am

Circular fearing… Hmmmm, Illogically logical.

Alan D. McIntire
Reply to  MilwaukeeBob
February 17, 2020 9:12 am

Since it’s “Presidents’ Day”, a quote from a President is in order: “We have nothing to fear bu fear itself,”

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Tom Johnson
February 17, 2020 10:31 am

Michael Crichton already did that when he wrote “State Of Fear”.

Loved the book 🙂

February 17, 2020 6:17 am

I wonder if these psychiatrists have ever considered the effect of brainwashing on the human psyche. Or am not yet woke enough?

Reply to  Kamikazedave
February 17, 2020 11:42 am

I think they almost certainly have.

That sure is something to ponder.

Lance Flake
February 17, 2020 6:20 am

They’re just doing their part to keep the narrative of crisis going. Fear of the future is the greatest tool all authoritarians use to gain and keep power. Since some people believe that psychiatrists are part of the intellectual elite the others need to use them for reinforcing climate fears.

It’s pretty hard to use “climate change is natural and we’ll simply adapt with technology and common sense” as a control mechanism.

Coach Springer
February 17, 2020 6:21 am

Promoting their next meal ticket or off their own rockers? “Embrace the power of ‘and.'”

Reply to  Coach Springer
February 18, 2020 1:43 am

Drug companies have a record of inventing new syndromes that can be treated by a drug they happen to produce. Psychiatrists aren’t any different: ‘ecological grief’ can be a subject for papers, seminars and conventions and doubtless there will be new academic posts and departments created for the subject.

Carl Friis-Hansen
February 17, 2020 6:21 am

“elderly, poor, and homeless [who are] at greatest risk of heat-related deaths.”

The above statement is most likely true, but a more relevant statement would be:
“elderly, poor, and homeless [who are] at greatest risk of cold-related deaths.”

Further, what about the other half of the population suffering from physiological damages due to the baseless Climate propaganda directed towards children in particular. Best action would be if the medical organizations would help mitigate this propaganda as a pro active measurement.

February 17, 2020 6:23 am

Of course, this policy position precludes investigations into potential emotional damage and mass hysteria, induced through unwarranted fixation on doomsday scenarios.

We have seen the enemy…………..!

Robert of Ottawa
February 17, 2020 6:26 am

They’re nuts!

Justin Burch
February 17, 2020 6:30 am

Having spent a great deal of time interacting with both leftists and psychiatrists I have concluded that after excluding those who are simply evil or corrupt, there are two types. Type 1 is suffering some terrible mental illness themselves and they feel called to become mental health professionals in order to be able to project their own anxiety and distress off onto others often with a large component of identification with the aggressor mixed in. Type 2 narcissistic types who simply want power and control, feeling they are superior and can do a better job of running the place or they are Type 1 who also just enjoy power and control. The result is they take on all kinds of jobs other people don’t want like the union steward role or that committee sane people avoid being on. They pack these committees with like minded people and do their best to denigrate and drive out anyone who disagrees. This results in professional associations and unions having a preponderance of Type 1 and Type 2 in positions of power making grand sweeping statements rooted in their own mental illness. The rest of the group just roll their eyes and try to ignore them.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Justin Burch
February 17, 2020 9:32 am

Your remarks describe what I believe I have seen in professional technical societies. They were originally founded to promote their activities, provide professional standards, and produce journals to inform the membership about new knowledge. It seems that many of them have forgotten their roots and are now using the organizations to advocate ‘social justice’ issues unrelated to the original purposes. In a word, the purpose(s) have been perverted.

Greg Woods
February 17, 2020 6:36 am

I think that it is D. Zilber that is suffering from a demonstrably mental disorder….

John K. Sutherland.
February 17, 2020 6:38 am

Thank you, doctor Gorkin for a very pertinent critique. I have been hoping and praying for the climate to warm for the last 60+ years where I am in the frigid north. Our heating bills are extortionate and are now capped with a carbon tax. Many of my friends head to Florida and Arizona to their warmer climes over winter. Mackay was right. Humans go mad in herds, and recover their senses only one by one (and without fanfare). I hope that when Alberta separates from Canada, they take us with them, leaving Quebec and BC to freeze in the dark.

Reply to  John K. Sutherland.
February 17, 2020 3:54 pm

Have you ever noticed, in the pictures of climate change protesters (outside of Australia), just how thoroughly rugged up they have to be. Most of the northern hemisphere is frickin cold!

February 17, 2020 6:42 am

Then there will inevitably be the need to define and treat ‘economic disaster grief’ when the absurd and unnecessary waste of all this Green anti democracy anti economy insanity hits home. That will be real grief compounded by the guilt of being duped.

Andy Espersen
February 17, 2020 6:50 am

Yes, we are indeed back in the dark ages before the Enlightenment – and Immanuel Kant’s clarion call, “Sapere Aude” is so appropriate. These psychiatrists or psychologists or whatever they are are just proving that the human psyche has not changed one iota since then. We are still “submitting to dogmas and formulae of religion or political authority” – as Kant also wrote.

But I am confident that eventually Enlightenment will prevail.

February 17, 2020 6:50 am

So, these mental defectives once again show themselves to be mentally defective. In all the years I have been alive I have only two “mental health professionals” who were not batsh*t crazy, they both left the “profession” because everyone in it was batsh*t crazy.

Reply to  2hotel9
February 17, 2020 6:52 am

Edit, “only met”. This broken shoulder is seriously effecting my typing!

Reply to  2hotel9
February 17, 2020 7:19 am

The finger bone’s connected to the hand bone,
The hand bone’s connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone’s connected to the shoulder bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Yep, a shoulder injury would do it!

February 17, 2020 6:58 am

Is this what it looks like when a paranoid schizophrenia and a fortuneteller with the boy who cried Wolf and chicken Little all get together to decide what is real?
Every storm becomes climate change and the end of the world.
How can we stop climate change? Prevent New Yorkers from moving to a better climate!
History is full of civilizations that has collapsed during global cooling. The dark age comes to mind followed by warming of the renaissance (rebirth). Personally, I look forward to global warming, it means longer growing season, more productivity, more women in bikinis…
There are more important things to worry about like a virus pandemic, forest fires that destroys communities, electromagnetic pulse from a Sun “Carrington event” taking out our power grid, a large astroid or comet…
The fear of sunny weather and rain storms does not even make the list. I bet they must look under their beds to make sure “climate change” boogeyman isn’t lurking under there so they can go to sleep at night while leaving the front door wide open.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Max
February 17, 2020 9:37 am

Unfortunately, New Yorkers moving to a colder climate (such as Vermont) have damaged the political climate.

Andy Pattullo
February 17, 2020 7:03 am

As a physician I find this depressing but not surprising. The entire DSM is chock full of invented and poorly defined psychiatric diagnoses of dubious foundation and little use to those who have the labels applied to themselves. That is not to say that real psychiatric conditions are not a major health issue. They are and our ability to deal with mental health and substance abuse issues is well below what is needed. Fixating on the ever changing climate is a big fail for this organization. Perhaps if they did a bit of research they would realize this is a true psychiatric phenomenon in need of attention, but just not the one they are describing. Why not dedicate some time to the mass hysteria that allows a large part of the population to develop unfounded fears for end-of-times mythical threats to the extent that most leadership and media organizations become one-note sounding boards for idiotic society-destroying policies.

Fear seems to be the fastest growing religion and, oddly, has become most popular when human society has never been better. We are continually solving the problems of hunger, poverty, ecological damage, conflict, contagion, under education, discrimination and servitude awhile brining the longest, healthiest and most fulfilling lives to increasing proportions of the worlds population, but at the same time becoming more and more pessimistic about the future. Surely there is a psychiatric and or sociological component to this mess that they could spend some time on rather than being part fo the problem. As for their claims about dangerous human caused climate change.. well they are all physicians trained in science so there should be no objection when I say show me the evidence.

doug pratt
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 17, 2020 8:04 am

Andy, your comment should be sent to every leader of every country. It should especially be forwarded to president Trump; however I have little hope it would have any impact on the mentally challenged actor leading Canada at this time. Is there any hope you can influence the growing miss information that is steadily invading the medical profession?

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 17, 2020 8:46 am

“Perhaps if they did a bit of research they would realize this is a true psychiatric phenomenon in need of attention, but just not the one they are describing.”

Yes, if there ever was a mass psychosis, the climate change meme would fit the bill perfectly. Every shadow, every weather event that is not to our liking is now suspect as a result of global heating. This is truly a paranoid delusion that is being cooked up by supposed sane people, right in front of everyone’s eyes. In reality, it is turning into a criminal extortion and racketeering enterprise that Gov’t(s) and various institution such as some big business, academia and media use to enrich themselves at the expense of those they have terrorized. In a way, it is a form of terrorism. Terrorize the masses and tell them if they pay a tax, they can change the weather. Or you can’t heat your house with natural gas or buy affordable fuel. It is truly a mental sickness for the people who believe this crap, but the root of it being spread by the climate hucksters is criminal.

Scott W Bennett
Reply to  Earthling2
February 17, 2020 7:44 pm

The old cure for a simple psychosis – such as “Ecological Grief” – had a 100% success rate! Sadly however, Reality Testing* is no longer possible in the “desert of the real” we live in today!

*Reality testing is the the objective evaluation of an emotion or thought against real life, as a faculty present in normal individuals but defective in psychotics.
**In this postmodern world, individuals flee from the “desert of the real” for the ecstasies of hyperreality and the new realm of computer, media, and technological experience. In other words, an individual in a postmodern world becomes merely an entity influenced by media, technological experience, and the hyperreal. – Jean Baudrillard (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

February 17, 2020 7:09 am

The “Call to Action” begins with the statement that, “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced—it is a true public health emergency.”

That’s craaazy talk!

Next thing you know, they’ll be treating 650 million people who live on land that’s covered by water. All those people will certainly need some help.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  H.R.
March 1, 2020 7:34 am

H.R. February 17, 2020 at 7:09 am

The “Call to Action” begins with the statement that, “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced—it is a true public health emergency.”

That’s craaazy talk!

Next thing you know, they’ll be treating 650 million people who live on land that’s covered by water. All those people will certainly need some help.

Wasn’t sure what that’s meant – here we go:

Steven Curtis Lohr
February 17, 2020 7:25 am

It has gone on to the point that I don’t think we will resolve this madness without some kind of end-game calamity. Cooler heads are not going to prevail, as I see it. When such loony constructs are raised to such high levels without one iota of circumspection, we have a very deep and serious defect in our institutions.

February 17, 2020 7:27 am

Although there is little doubt that Psychiatry is a valid medical field, it can be argued that all too often it is used to normalize society. Anyone who’s beliefs or behaviour is outside of say 3 sigma from officially sanctioned beliefs or behavior, needs treatment and government intervention. Examples include limits on free speech, job restrictions, or denial of gun ownership. Climate change fall under 2 of these 3 examples.

Mark Shulgasser
Reply to  PMHinSC
February 17, 2020 8:44 pm

There is a great deal of doubt that psychiatry is “a valid medical field”.

Independent George
Reply to  Mark Shulgasser
February 18, 2020 1:36 am

Hi Mark,

Cheers for that link. Interesting indeed.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  PMHinSC
March 1, 2020 8:02 am

Mark Shulgasser February 17, 2020 at 8:44 pm

There is a great deal of doubt that psychiatry is “a valid medical field”.

Deviant body chemistry is physical, changing behavior.

/ dissent welcome

Mark Shulgasser
Reply to  Johann Wundersamer
March 1, 2020 6:47 pm

So what? One study does not a valid medical field make.

Dr Deanster
February 17, 2020 7:29 am

Haldol for everyone.

There … problem fixed

Steve Case
February 17, 2020 7:30 am

It has gone on to the point that I don’t think we will resolve this madness without some kind of end-game calamity.

It looks like that’s what “They” want, and that “They” think they can win.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Steve Case
February 17, 2020 7:50 am

Like someone grabbing their neck and bang the head forcefully against a wall?

February 17, 2020 7:33 am

I found engineering challenging so took the easiest electives available. This resulted in my acquiring 27 semester hours in psychology through undergrad and graduate school. I must say that most of my professors had very unusual personalities, to say the least. High levels of intelligence were not readily apparent nor were they physically very well formed. One theory is that those who are born with mental gifts also are many times born with physical gifts. Neither were very apparent in my experience with those in the psychological field of endeavor. Interesting that similar broad generalities are many times applied very high IQ individuals in terms of personality and physical characteristics.

Michael in Dublin
February 17, 2020 7:35 am

How about calling this “Climate schizophrenia”?

February 17, 2020 7:47 am

Of course the idea of the APA throwing out polemics on “manmade global warming” is preposterous.

Here is how we have gotten to this point. Social Justice in the Professions: A Play in Three Acts.
[Cliff’s Notes: textbook Marxism, then Frankfurt School “Action Research,” then “March Through the Leadership of the Institutions.]

Act 1. Hegel was a philosopher of great import, in the topics of epistemology, ethics, and the human condition/the nature of social man. He was active circa 1800-1830. He arrived at his very well-known concept, called the “Hegelian Dialectic.” This is supposedly THE mechanism by which society progresses, or evolves. In this process, you have the “thesis,” an idea, and an “antithesis,” its rival or counter idea. Example might be “industry is good because it creates jobs and wealth,” “industry is bad because it creates pollution and fits people in dehumanizing jobs.” When a pair of opposed ideas are debated and explored enough, by humans, as humans are wont, humans eventually arrive at the “synthesis:” “We can favor industry, but we must manage pollution and the exploitation of workers.” So, the “Hegelian Dialectic” is “thesis, antithesis, synthesis.”

This model can be used to explore social change, and is useful. But as the saying goes, “all models are wrong, but some are useful.”

Marx was an admirer of Hegel. Big Time. Marx learned economics. Marx noted social history across time. Marx noted major phases og history, such as us humans moving from being hunter-gatherers to being dominated by a strong king leader and eveyone being a subject, to feudalism, and to capitalism. Marx perceived all of the misery and injustice in the world as being a byproduct of capitalism. Specifically, we are all in a dialectic, with the “haves” the owners of the means of production and the “have-nots” the workers who actually do the labor that produces the wealth. The ruling class takes the opportunity to define “virtue,” or “moral behavior,” to their favor – they can because they own the society/ culture – newspapers, religion, etc. So, our “values” happen to favor the Owner class, and disfavor the workers. Values like: “work hard / don’t be lazy,” “don’t steal,” “respect your elders,” and “don’t complain.”

Most all of us would recognize those values as good. To Marx, we have been brainwashed to old these beliefs because our overlords want us to, so they can hold power over us and get us to support them by our very beliefs.

Marx believed that all society ills were from the oppression: owners of means of production over workers. And, our society is filled with a panoply of off-shoot, affiliated oppression dialectics: men over women, whites over Blacks, etc., etc., everywhere you look.

Marx decided that his ideasa were MAJOR poly-sci insights. However, besides the goal of being an academic, he decided that “philosophy” should be not just to understand such rules of society, but to – here is the big deal to understanding the APA – to improve society.

So, rather than publishing and getting tenure, Marx had the goal of making workers of the world aware of their oppression so that we would all push society to the NEXT phase – after hunter-gatherer, then Strong MAn King, then Feudalism, then Capitalism, to – to what? To Communism: a “synthesis of the “thesis” of “capitalism” and “oppressions of capitalism.”

Everyone would be both an owner and a worker. [How this works in reality we will eventually find out when Communism is “correctly” instituted.”]

Marx saw this dialectic as purely economic. A following wave of adherents arrived at a more expanded idea: “cultural hegemony.” This term was coined by Gramsci, a Marxist, in early 1800s. This term means that we are not oppresssed just economically, but by a loose cabal of oppressive class institutions who control our society’s institutions, and so control what we value and belief, and so control us. And, make us think this control is desirable and good. Hence, we all trot off to work every morning happy to devote most of our waking hours to labor or recovering from labor, or heading off to Church on Sunday morning to learn how this life is virtuous and desirable. You go to school as a child, and learn these values, and say the Pledge of Allegiance evey morning, and so get inculcated. [I hope in this writing you see where ALL of these social phenomena arise: disrepect for the flag, for religion, ewc.]

Soon after, other Marxists, the Frankfurt School, began scholarly thinking and promotion of these ideas in ways that included and permeated many aspects of society / culture.

One of these guys was Kurt Lewin, a very prominent social theorist / sociologist. We now may have progressed in sociology to where he is not mentioned in textbooks much, but he was in there in my generation. Lewin developed a concept called “Action Research.”

[NB: All of these concepts, schools, and people are in Wikipedia pretty much EXACTLY as I am describing.]

Lewin declared that we scholars and researchers should not just do research to understand humanity, society, psychology, social work, medicine, journalism, media, communications, etc., to understand, but we should study these topics with the goal of producing ideas for how to “change” them – IOW: the leading things to investigate are the various oppressions, and how to rectify them.

It is not enough to study a “health disparity,” or “media messaging,” or “persuasion,” or how people’s political opinions are formed and also changed, but researchers MUST be in the trenches righting wrongs. To Lewin, by the idea of Action Research, scholarly activity is practically merely an avenue for social activism.

Do you see where we are going with this?

The ideas of Lewin and the Frankfurt School advance greatly. Frankfurt School was the “Institute for Social Research. If you go look at your alma mater, MOST of us went to college or grad school where there was an “Institute for Social Research, or an “Institute for Social Science Research.” Frankfurt School moved from Frankfurt to Columbia University circa 1935 to flee Hilter / Nazism.

Most of our ISRs and ISSRs popped up soon after the Columbia ISR – by like-minded people sharing academic ideas.

March through the Institutions.

This is a Gramsci idea. The ISR / Frankfurt School followers, all based on Marxism, via the Action Research idea, decided they really could change society by getting themselves, and / or teir ideas, integrated into the many social institutions – into the bones of the Cultural Hegemony.

Historically, you can see the principles and ethics codes and research agenda of MANY fields change in this movement.

Many of us are in a discipline or a profession. Our organization’s codes or principles have morphed IN THIS TIME FRAME, due to Marxism / Frankfurt School / Long March Through the Institutions. They morphed from “promote the field for the benefit of mankind” to “improve society / change society / I’m Batman / Jesus Complex.” Many of our statements of principles or purpose or ethics now include thinly veiled wording for “free the oppressed,” fight oppression.”

So, today, students in a Journalism bachelor’s degree are NOT guided to determine what is newsworthy and then accurately report the news; their goal is to expose oppression via their journalism activity.

The current Am Psychiatric Assoc has a code of ethics, with nine over-arching principles. Here are two of them:
“Section 7
A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.”

“Section 9
A physician shall support access to medical care for all people.”

Nat Assoc of Social Workers have six ethical principles. Here is one of the six:
” Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment,discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people. ”

American Psychological Assiation ethics code has 5 principles. Here are 2 of them:
Principle D: Justice
Psychologists recognize that fairness and justice entitle all persons to access to and benefit from the contributions of psychology and to equal quality in the processes, procedures, and services being conducted by psychologists. Psychologists exercise reasonable judgment and take precautions to ensure that their potential biases, the boundaries of their competence, and the limitations of their expertise do not lead to or condone unjust practices.

Principle E: Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity
Psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination. Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and consider these factors when working with members of such groups. Psychologists try to eliminate the effect on their work of biases based on those factors, and they do not knowingly participate in or condone activities of others based upon such prejudices.

The American Nursing Assoication has nine ethincal principles. Ninth is:
“The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.”

So, they cannot just be nurses; they have to be active in social policy to affect social justice.

The Point:
Hegel inspired Marx, who has promoted an overly simple view of the world: all conflict boils down to “opressors” and “oppressed.” Via Frankfurt School ideas / “Action Research,” academia is a spearhead for getting these “oppression” ideas out there, “consciousness raising” / being “woke,” and everyone is supposed to be engaged in a battle to fight oppression.

Sounds great. But the long game is Communist Revolution: move us from the current phase of history, Capitalism, to the next, Communism, by which the “thesis and antithesis” of oppressors / oppressed is resolved in a synthesis where workers own the means of production.

This is where the American Psychiatric Association gets the moral imperative to lecture us all on what we need to think, and do.

Yes, they are way out of their lane. Yes, they are making themselves irrelevant.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 17, 2020 8:00 am

Supplementing the “Leaders of the Organization” point:
Most of us are members in groups, but often fail to be involved in leadership. how many of us attend the local Homeowner’s Association meetings?

So it is in professions. There is a small handful with great involvement, some who follow issues and events, and the great mass who carry on with little awareness of what the profession leadership is saying or doing.

So, it is not really too difficult for Marxists-minded advocates in any profession to gain power in leadership. Just show up is the main challenge!

Here is a great example. Generally, physicians were not supportive of Obamacare. But the leadership was. Ezekiel Emmanuel, brother or Rahm Emmanuel, etc. The leadership qua the Leadership voted to endorse the Obamacare bill – this endorsement technically was the “leadership” of the AMA, NOT the “AMA.” This could not have gotten approved by that process to have endorsement be on behalf of entire AMA.

So, the leaders – subtle distinction – voted to have the leadership endorse Obamacare. This set off a big shipstorm in the AMA. This was covered in the media and other places, such as in “Health Affairs,” a leading public health / medicine journal – see link below.

The point is: the Marxists promote social justice warriorism / action research ethos, and these activists so inspired, whether aware of the Marxist roots or not, get involved in the leadership of many many organizations to right the wrongs of society, rather than to just practice their profession in a principled manner. All that is needed to guide the profession is a hand on the rudder of the profession: education and leadership.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 17, 2020 9:02 am

This a well written short history of the last two hundred years of social evolution. In evolution theory, we can have dangerous mutations. Marxism and the rest are, and need to become extinct.

This essay could be submitted to various media with the following adjustments(imho).
Start Here:
Social Justice in the Professions: A Play in Three Acts.
The rest as written.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 17, 2020 2:21 pm

Excellent post, TLD.

Independent George
Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
February 18, 2020 1:42 am


Great post.

An irony not lost on me is a leftist seeking privilege/superiority or advantage over others by virtue signalling.

February 17, 2020 7:56 am

Faith in a science leads to particular difficulty for scientists in other fields to recognize when science goes wrong.
After all, early climate science was so evidentially poor that the non-science “precautionary principle” was embraced. “The possibly is so bad that something must be done!”
Over the years, even when evidence showed climate was not in immediate crisis, the professional societies’ egos would not allow them to admit the truth. And the personal financial incentives to keep the story moving along was / is significant.
It seems that the trusting societies are still serving in their professional self-interest–to avoid embarrassment and loss of financial and power interests.
Of course, there is the other factor of trusting societies–they are individually and collectively so smart–that anyone else is dumb.

Mark Shulgasser
Reply to  John
February 17, 2020 8:47 pm

“Faith in a science leads to particular difficulty ” . . . that faith is a religious term. Paradoxically, science is now the font of irrationaism.

David S
February 17, 2020 7:58 am

After reading what they propose, I have Ivory Tower Grief.

Dodgy Geezer
February 17, 2020 8:02 am

“Climate change is the ‘greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.’

Ah. Greater than Covid-19, then….

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
February 17, 2020 10:26 am

Silly Geezer.

Didn’t you know COVID-19 certainly, somehow, made COVID-19 a much harder to deal with epidemic.
Time Magazine has already declared it so:
“The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics”

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Dodgy Geezer
February 17, 2020 10:27 am

Silly Geezer.

Didn’t you know climate change certainly, somehow, made COVID-19 a much harder to deal with epidemic.
Time Magazine has already declared it so:
“The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics”

Joel Snider
February 17, 2020 8:27 am

So – they’re nuts?

February 17, 2020 8:30 am

That’s about right, psychiatry induced insanity.

Mark Negovan
February 17, 2020 8:48 am

Physician heal thyself!

Rod Evans
February 17, 2020 9:09 am

Keep throwing the virgins down the volcano, I know it has been tried before without any success, but this time it will work…honest….really, dress them in Ike purple first just to be sure of their efficacy. Let’s satisfy those Earth gods, you know it makes sense.
Just so you know, this talking to trees has been going on for a while, it didn’t work back then either.

Flight Level
February 17, 2020 9:33 am

The story is not that innocent. To the opposite indeed.

For unclear reasons, psychiatry is assumed being a medical profession.

Back then, when young lads often took-off for non-return missions in the hope to free us from nazism, several medical doctors attempted to scientifically prove race superiority and consequently justify the dispatching of “untermenschen”.

Often forgotten by the young generations, we still have stigmates to remember.

embutler butler
February 17, 2020 9:42 am

the new modern mental outlook (save the earth) ,should be applied
to drinking (alcohol) and smoking (ciggies)..
both destroy the environment..

Joel O'Bryan
February 17, 2020 10:21 am

As MD’s they need to take their own Rx, meds they hand out like candy at a Carnival Parade to their patients to support Big Pharma’s kick-backs they receive: a steady dose of name-brand Xanax or Valium, and/or other branded anti-anxiety, anti-depressants.

February 17, 2020 10:36 am

The APA behavior reminds me of glaziers surreptitiously breaking windows, to boost the local economy. Create the crisis in order to acquire new business.

February 17, 2020 11:22 am

As they say;

It takes one to know one…
and that comes way before one treating one…


February 17, 2020 11:24 am

My daughter has serious health problems, and is now pregnant with monozygotic twins. I am very impressed with the high risk obstetrician I have never met, because she comes back from each appointment comforted and secure. He seems to be able to focus her away from the many real complications toward normality. This is the opposite of the psychiatric approach, which is to focus on the grief and fears, and is much more constructive.

I believe that the increasing rates of PTSD are partly due to the practice of having people go over and over something bad that happened – ‘talking through the trauma’ over and over. Contrast this with the old method: When I was a teenager, I was in a motorcycle accident in which a child died bleeding in my arms on the way to the hospital. When I got home, Mum dosed me with hot milk and a whacking dose of a barbiturate. I woke next day without the fear and grief and got on with life.

There is a stream in psychology now which is taking a similar approach to PTSD, having the patient recall the trauma and administering a memory blocking drug to prevent restorage of the memory. It is based on the fact that every time something is recalled, it is subject to modification and is restored in the new form. This is also the theoretical underpinning of the work showing how the memory of a crime witness can be modified by leading questions.

February 17, 2020 12:01 pm

>>>She goes on to argue oddly that “trailer homes are most at risk in tornadoes,” and trailer homes are “found in parts of the country with the highest incidence of tornadoes.”<<<

Everyone knows that tornadoes are drawn to trailer parks by an as yet undiscovered force.

Jay Johnson
February 17, 2020 12:43 pm

History informs that all tyrannies come to hold descent as a form of insanity, and the so “insane” in need of various “treatments.”

February 17, 2020 1:18 pm

Zip the Lip; problem solved.

February 17, 2020 1:46 pm

Perhaps they mean that climate change anxiety is one of the greatest threats to health America has ever faced.

After all, as psychiatrists they would be highly attuned to the following aspects of human behavior:

– people who are mentally burdened with self-loathing develop a deep resentment towards society and, out of a desire for revenge, will gravitate to leftist politics because they regard it as being harmful to society and therefore a way of taking revenge against society for their self-perceived grievances. They are driven by exactly the same pathology that makes the common vandal want to destroy things of value to others;

– people who, to put it politely, respond to simple messages are prone to developing obsessions, despite their beliefs being demonstrably flawed. Obsessive gambling is another trait of such individuals. No amount of evidence to the contrary will lead to their resolving their obsessions. One reason is that they are seeking the positive outcomes that they cannot create in other aspects of their lives. As the new Sir Humphrey said of global warming: ‘It’s easier to solve imaginary problems than real ones.’ Self-anxiety also plays a significant role in their behavior. First, it acts as a ‘release mechanism’ for their self-anxiety. As a subconscious self-preservation mechanism, their mind turns their anxiety outwards against ‘things’ in society rather than allowing it to fester internally and become self-destructive. Second, it serves to validate their belief that they are a victim, that there are ‘evil’ forces in society that act against their having successful outcomes in life. Blaming other for one’s own failures makes it easier to live with oneself;

– given that the preservation of, or preferably the elevation of, one’s self-esteem is the motive force behind all human social behavior, the temptation to adopt seeming virtuous causes is overwhelming. Let’s give this a label and a definition. ‘Mental mast–bation’: the primate need to elevate one’s social status by creating the illusion in one’s own mind, and in the mind of others, that one possesses socially superior qualities.

– that people high on the psychopathy scale will readily adopt any cause that they see as self-enriching, for example by picking up some form of government handout or subsidy.

Tom Abbott
February 17, 2020 2:30 pm

From the article: “Most unfortunately for Dr. Zilber and her like-minded comrades, her emotional endorsement of ecological guilt and other climate-related pathologies only serves to create, validate, and legitimize new mental disorders that have no basis in reality”

Dr. Zilber and here like-minded comrades are delusional and they are the ones in need of psychiatric help. A delusional person is the last person to know he is delusional, Dr. Zilber. Think about that.

February 17, 2020 2:53 pm

Any one who goes to see a psychiatrist should have his head examined 😊

Ed Norman
February 17, 2020 3:26 pm

The good doctors should instead focus on helping all the traumatized school children who have been propagandized by the climate fearmongering to the point where they think the planet is doomed and they will all die.

Tom in Florida
February 17, 2020 3:50 pm

Throughout the course of human history, when confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds, you either embraced the challenge, adapted and moved on or sat in the corner, cried”whoa is me” and died.
Or in layman’s terms, “Suck it up buttercup”.

Linda Goodman
February 17, 2020 4:18 pm

The demonization of carbon dioxide is the means to control all humanity & all energy. JFK warned us nearly 60 years ago and they’ve since infiltrated all the organs of world power like a virulent malignancy..
April 27, 1961
FULL SPEECH: The President & The Press
relevant excerpt at 5:17 :
“For we are opposed around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence; on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections; on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published; it’s mistakes are buried, not headlined; its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.”

Carbon 6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons
Only truth shall make us free.

Ian Coleman
February 17, 2020 5:28 pm

Yeah, mental health professionals. I am not always such a nice guy so take that as context for my delight in the collapse into drug addicted psychosis of Jordan Peterson. Twelve rules for life? None of them, apparently, was don’t be a pompous, hypercritical, self-righteous jerk. Neither was one, don’t become addicted to any drugs.

And how many people do you know who really are falling into despair over the state of the climate? Nobody, right? Everybody I have ever heard express sorrow at the prospect of the imminent destruction of all life on Earth seemed to be actually exhulting in it. Also at the prospect of making money from selling the solutions to the imaginary problem.

February 17, 2020 8:15 pm

I find it funny that the racial aspect comes in, regarding the toxic waste and dumps and other pollutant type of things ending up in black and Latino neighborhoods. The vast majority of these neighborhoods are now run by minorities and before that, Democrats. So, who is actually being racist in these cases if minority run governments are OK with these dumps being in primarily minority neighborhoods? Is it the Democrats, who were the previous occupants of many of these municipalities where the minority neighborhoods have less than ideal ecological situations? Hmmm.

February 17, 2020 8:31 pm

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to save Earth’s environment : “This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world. We can save Earth. ”

Amazon unveiled its “climate pledge” last year, which aims to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early, and commits the retailer to operate on 100% renewable electricity by 2030

Tom Abbott
Reply to  AntonyIndia
February 18, 2020 5:36 am

“Amazon unveiled its “climate pledge” last year, which aims to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early, and commits the retailer to operate on 100% renewable electricity by 2030”

No fossil-fuel-derived electricity at all, Jeff? Or are you going to cheat like all the other virtue signalers and take fossil-fuel-derived electricity when you can’t get the windmills to produce enough?

I’m guessing it will be the latter, since Amazon has facilities located in all sorts of places and I doubt many of those locations are situated so the facility can be powered completely by windmills or solar power, so they have to tap into the fossil fuel grid.

Jeff’s $10 billion will certainly serve to continue fueling the CAGW madness, though. He/we would be better off spending that $10 billion building a couple of nuclear powerplants, or investing in next-generation nuclear power.

A smart guy like Bezos can’t see the holes in the Human-caused climate change narrative? Apparently not.

Obviously, Intelligence is not a guarantee that a person cannot be led astray by a bad idea. I guess social and religious factors figure into beliefs much more than mere facts or lack of facts, because we see *many* intelligent people being led astray by this CAGW distortion of reality. Conforming to the majority view is more important than the facts. It’s certainly easier to go along with the majority than to push back on the majority, and that might cause some to not look too closely at the facts, so as not to put themselves in the uncomfortable position of being in the wrong.

Steve Z
Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 18, 2020 12:22 pm

Amazon makes its money by taking orders online for products manufactured by others, and shipping them to their customers, by plane, rail, or truck. Without fossil fuels to run their delivery vehicles, how would Amazon stay in business? Buy lots of horses and rebuild the Pony Express?

Jeff Alberts
February 17, 2020 10:57 pm

“effect of climate disasters on mental health, promotion of resilience in the face of climate-related disasters,” as well the assertion that climate disasters will lead to “increased social instability and reduced community cohesion, which in turn may lead to more aggression and crime.”

I still want to know what a “climate disaster” is.

February 18, 2020 3:13 am

Hey, it’s not as though Psychiatry is a real science. It pushes pills (tranquilizers), telling thir patient that they have a “chemical imbalance,” the treatment of which strangely enough still does not relieve the patients of having to have talk sessions with their psychiatrist every few weeks, often at Govt expense.

Steve Z
February 18, 2020 12:18 pm

The American Psychiatric Association has concluded that a consensus of 97% of mentally ill people (their patients) fear that climate change is a threat to them. What’s wrong with giving them a prescription that will calm them down long enough so they can shovel their driveways?

In the meantime, the inmates have taken over the asylum.

Svend Ferdinandsen
February 18, 2020 2:58 pm

This wording is funny:
“[t] he health, safety and wellbeing of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change.” (Id.)

We are harmed by human-caused climate change, and we need to fight climate change in general.
What if we just fought the human-caused climate change, because the natural we can´t fight.

Johann Wundersamer
March 1, 2020 8:09 am

Svend Ferdinandsen February 18, 2020 at 2:58 pm
This wording is funny:

“[t] he health, safety and wellbeing of millions of people in the U.S. have already been harmed by human-caused climate change, and health risks in the future are dire without urgent action to fight climate change.” (Id.)

We are harmed by human-caused climate change, and we need to fight climate change in general.
What if we just fought the human-caused climate change, because the natural we can´t fight.


+ taking into account that human is natural-caused we can leave it here. As is.

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