The Conversation newspaper reported that a team from the University of San Diego, California, studied the impact of wildfire disasters on the victims mentally to find out the future of mental health in light of the climate crisis.
It is noteworthy that forest fires are among the accelerating phenomena in the countries of Europe and the Americas due to the unprecedented heat waves that occurred as a result of climate change.
The team divided 3 groups, one of which was for victims who attended the forest fires directly, another whose members were affected by the fires without their presence, and a third group that had nothing to do with forest fire incidents.-
The team revealed through brain imaging techniques during some tests that the two groups exposed to forest fire disasters suffered from easy distraction and the need to make a greater effort when distracting, which was evident through the intense frontal lobe activity during the performance of tasks compared to the group without forest fire victims.-
The team inferred the results of the study and by monitoring a number of cases, the prevalence of depression and traumatic disorders among the victims of climate change disasters is likely to increase with the increasing frequency of the crisis.