Climate Donkey

February 9, 2009

Climate Change Derangement Syndrome (CCDS)

It is time to add to the list of psychological conditions generated by the media and furthered in an attempt to increase awareness of a liberal agenda item, talking point, or group think revelation. Previously in 2003, Charles Krauthammer, columnist and Fox News regular analyst, coined a term known as “Bush Derangment Syndrome” or BDS for short. The terminology caught on because it sounded so similar to IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a malady foisted upon television watchers during commercials, typically of the View.

Krauthammer explains, ” Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Unfortunately there is no cure for BDS, and in the intervening years since, and one successful reelection of Bush, hundreds if not thousands of cases of BDS infection have taken place, especially in the leftist havens of Hollywood and network television newsrooms.

Yet today, we have a new syndrome, with potential legitimate medical implications called Climate Change Derangement Syndrome.  As reported in the Boston Herald, Feb. 9, 2009:

Last year, an anxious, depressed 17-year-old boy was admitted to the psychiatric unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He was refusing to drink water. Worried about drought related to climate change, the young man was convinced that if he drank, millions of people would die. The Australian doctors wrote the case up as the first known instance of “climate change delusion.”

“Climate change could have a real impact on our psyches,” says Paul Epstein, the associate director for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.

There is evidence [media generated conjecture] that extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, cyclones, and hurricanes, can lead to emotional distress, which can [maybe, who knows] trigger such things as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, in which the body’s fear and arousal system kicks into overdrive.

Of course, no one can predict what effect warming will have on our psyches.”

Sounds like we may need to expand our hospital emergency rooms with a special wing for CCDS sufferers!  But alas, the authors of the report have found a way to stave off the potentially crippling effects of CCDS:  liberal activism…

“In the long term, we may also derive some psychological benefit from banding together with other citizens to mitigate the effects of global warming. Taking action might not only give us back a sense of our own sense of efficacy against a powerful outside force, but also help us build community and social ties that offset stress, said Epstein and other specialists.

“Getting involved can be an antidote to the depression that can come from the overwhelming realizations that we have to face . . . ,” Epstein said. “It can be empowering to realize that what you do is effective.”

Thanks Paul Epstein for the wonderful suggestions on how to deal with CCDS — get involved in liberal environmental protests.  Take action.

So, in summary, here is the newly accepted definition of Climate Change Derangement Syndrome (CCDS):

An acute distancing from reality of gullible and oftentimes undereducated patients who demonstrate an extreme sensitivity to and empathy with media generated and hyped climate change doomsday scenarios.  The patient typically parrots left-wing talking points in an attempt to justify far-reaching, fascist reorganization of global economy and society.  To assuage guilt ridden consciences about the progress and prosperity of humanity at the expense of Mother Earth, a patient may waste money on carbon credits or flush otherwise useful assets down the toilet.  The overwhelming nature of the hysterical predictions in the media cause the patient to lose all sense of logic and rationality.


1 Comment »

  1. On the one hand, this syndrome is somewhat comical, and I snickered quite a lot while reading your concluding “definition”. On the other hand, it is sadly true. Especially sad because this CCDS is hitting children the hardest. So many reports of kids having nightmares because they were taught at school about the impending catastrophes, and the guilt and fear the kids have because they are told that they and their parents are destroying the planet!

    Comment by The Green Meanie — March 17, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

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