One of the delicate aspects of the Greta Thunberg phenomenon has been her mental health issues. She has, among other things, a severe case of Asperger’s and OCD.
However, people who point out that the sixteen-year-old child climate crusader is mentally ill run the risk of being savagely attacked by her acolytes. A case in point was Michael Knowles, a conservative pundit, who brought up the subject on Martha MacCallum’s Fox News program.
Knowles received heated abuse by MacCallum’s other guest, liberal pundit Christopher Hahn. According to CNN, the Fox News Network went further and apologized to Thunberg and announced that Knowles would be henceforth banned from appearing on the network.
While many have wondered whether Thunberg’s mental health issues have made her susceptible to abuse and exploitation, Marketwatch notes that the young girl has claimed that her Asperger’s is her “superpower.” It is a curious way to refer to a debilitating mental condition that causes people to have trouble with social interaction. However, many of her supporters have accepted the spin, characterizing any criticism of her and her message to be not only misogynist but “ableist” as well.
Therefore, the UK Daily Mail provided a useful service by consulting Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg, an Australian psychologist, on the matter of Greta Thunberg and her mental health issues. Dr. Carr-Gregg suggested that children, in general, should not be used as “political props” and that Thunberg, in particular, reminded him of a Hollywood child star, filled with entitlement, riding high on fame, encouraged by her adult enablers.
Child stars, according to an article in Psychology Today, run the real risk of having meltdowns once they grow older, spiraling into drug and alcohol abuse, crime, and even suicide in certain cases. Some have been able to handle the transition to adulthood by taking time out, going to college for example, before resuming their careers in the entertainment business.
Carr-Gregg suggests that Thunberg, with her various mental health issues, will have an even greater challenge once the adulation goes away. Since, contrary to her pronouncements before the UN and elsewhere, the world is likely to still be around in ten or so years, Thunberg is likely to suffer from even greater than usual psychological challenges. She would likely be faced with the realization that she was robbed of her childhood for no good reason.
The Australian psychologist was also direct about Thunberg’s effect on other children who have joined her climate change crusade. He said, “It sends a message to other teenagers that they can speak to adults in this very, very dismissive way.”
What’s more, Greta Thunberg is spreading her anxiety about the fate of the world to other children. “She seems to be caught up in a doomsday scenario where she’s massively exaggerating the threats posed by climate change and that has a flow-on effect because it causes all this existential anxiety in our children, hence the climate strikes.”
Carr-Gregg concluded that Thunberg and the members of the children’s climate change crusade should stop rallying, go back to school, and be allowed to have normal childhoods.
Carr-Gregg noted that while Asperger’s may not be Greta Thunberg’s “superpower,” her youth and gender are. Because she is a sixteen-year-old girl, people are not allowed to debate her, even when she makes unhinged statements as she did during her UN speech when she suggested that even the draconian Green New Deal would be insufficient to save the world. She took on a hectoring, scolding tone that would have been inappropriate for an adult, not to mention a child with insufficient education and life experience to understand the issues she is speaking about. Here. Carr-Gregg notes is the sense of entitlement, encouraged by Thunberg’s adult enablers. She wants her demands met and she wants them met now. She will brook no objections based on logic or real-world economics.
Carr-Gregg was silent about what could be done for Greta Thunberg once the current climate change adventure is over. Instead of giving her the treatment she needs, her adult enablers, including shockingly her parents, have been encouraging her to thrust herself into venues and situations that are likely to exacerbate her mental health issues. She will become a tragedy and a warning about what happens when children become political props.