Research Source: The impact of climate change on obsessive compulsive checking concerns - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
Recent years have seen the issue of climate change dominate the political arena and now researchers in Australia have found that climate change can have an impact on the nature of obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviours in patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Fourteen of the 50 participants (28%) were identified as having OCD concerns directly related to climate change. The most frequent concerns involved electricity, water and gas wastage. Less frequent concerns included pets dying of thirst and one participant was concerned about house damage due to floors cracking, pipes leaking; roof problems and white ant activity. Compulsions included checking and rechecking pet water bowls, light switches, taps, stoves, skirting boards, pipes, roofs and wooden structures.