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Kooks Drive Some to Eco-Therapy

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RUSH: To set this up, you remember after the '04 election, there were a bunch of people down in Boca and Ft. Lauderdale who had postelection traumatic stress disorder? They were going to the shrink's office to deal with postelection stress disorder, PEST. They were just shocked. Get this. "Sarah Edwards worries about the gasoline she burns, the paper towels she throws out, the litter on the beach, water pollution. She worries so much, it literally makes her sick. 'Fear, grief, anger, confusion and depression,' Edwards says, pointing to the negativity that has manifested itself in real-life symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia and fatigue. 'I had so much pathos. It's so sad,' says Edwards, who moved from California's crowded Santa Monica to a secluded cabin in Los Padres National Forest to help her cope. Now, she says: 'We only drive to the grocery store every three weeks. We have our own source of water. We compost and no longer heat every room on the first floor.'"

They have named her disorder. Sarah Edwards has eco-anxiety, "the growing angst experienced by those who can't handle the thought that they -- or anyone -- are in some way contributing to global warming, species extinction and dwindling natural resources." This is a four-page story. Things have gotten so bad a new kind of therapy has sprouted up to keep people from going nuts over the environment. It's called eco-therapy, or eco-psychology. "The time on the couch isn't spent delving into a patient's childhood to find the source of misery. Instead, it looks at how much time a person spends in nature, the person's carbon footprint and what the individual is doing to save the planet. And the prescribed treatment may be as simple as a dose of recycling or -- you guessed it -- hugging a tree." I'm not making this up. This is not a satire. This is not a parody. There are genuinely people out there who are themselves sick -- anxious and stressed -- over the fact that we're destroying the planet.

"Ecopsychology, popularized in the early 1990s by social critic Theodore Roszak, is being taught in colleges and universities across the country, including at Harvard Medical School. Linda Buzzell, founder of the International Association for Eco-Therapy, said the field is so new that there are few statistics to indicate how many practitioners are using the techniques, but the website for the International Community for Ecopsychology lists more than 100 eco-therapists in the United States. Buzzell told FOXNews.com in an e-mail that due to increased awareness about the environment with films such as Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth,' more people are attuned to 'our challenging environmental situation.' ... Melissa Pickett, an eco-therapist in Santa Fe, NM, who says she treats dozens of patients a month, said eco-therapy helps those grappling with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness about the environment. 'People break down and cry. They develop obsessive-compulsive behavior. They have nightmares,' Pickett said. 'And these are normally high-functioning people.'"

Do you believe this? And what party has given us this? The Democrat Party. Back to Sarah Edwards for a moment, here at the top of this story. It says here that she suffers from eco-anxiety, "the growing angst experienced by those who can't handle the thought that they -- or anyone -- are in some way contributing to global warming." See, they want to matter. It's exactly as I've thought. They want to matter. Their lives are meaningless. There's so little going on in their lives that they have enough time to drive themselves crazy and to send themselves into their own anxiety disorder over guilt. And who is actually behind this? The definition of eco-anxiety is this: The growing angst from being suckered into believing the lies and hysteria from Algore and the Drive-By Media on global warming. These people are simply buying into a hoax, their angst is built on lies, and they can't do anything to stop it. They move out to the woods, they compost, they go to grocery store once every three weeks, they don't heat every room on the lower floor, and nothing changes. So no matter what they do to save the planet, every day we hear it's getting worse, and we have no hope.

There are people that have been conditioned and brainwashed into going out and doing the stupidest things in their lives, like the examples in this story, because they want to matter. Their lives are meaningless. I understand this. I understand people who want to count. Everybody wants their lives to mean something. The best way for that to happen is to realize that there are things much larger than yourself and devote yourself to that. But these people are not doing that, "Rush, they're trying to save the planet." No, they're not trying to save the planet. These people are so narcissistic and they're so self-focused, that they are doomed to fail because whatever action they take will not result in that which they want to see. And the very people who are making them feel this anxiety, the very people who are browbeating them and propagandizing them into this are the same people every day claiming it's getting worse, that we gotta started doing, and these people, meanwhile, are doing something. This is clearly another example of how liberals in the country, the Democrat Party and the Drive-By Media, have succeeded in creating chaos of their own and angst, keeping people all roiled and upset, the opposite of contentment. The only upside to this is that the very people that are being affected like this and becoming Looney Tune nutcases are liberals.

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