Leading Psychologist Worried About Greta Thunberg's Mental Well-Being | 22 Words

"How dare you!" are the poignant words of pioneering climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, who addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit last night. Her powerful, stinging speech brought home the reality of the sheer ignorance of our world leaders when it comes to climate change, and their inability to do anything about it, or even see it as an issue in the first place.

During the event, Thunberg crossed paths with Donald Trump. As you can imagine, she isn't exactly his biggest fan and shot him the most amazing death stare we think we've ever seen. In fact, it was so good, that it's become a bit of an internet sensation.

But, even despite her powerful speech, all anyone ever talks about is her "mental health," even though she's described it as her "superpower."

Keep scrolling to see what kind of diagnosis this particular psychologist gave her...

Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.

The Swedish sixteen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.

Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.

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Greta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."

The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.

Her demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.

Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.

While a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.

Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."

If we fast-forward to now, Thunberg continues to hold governments accountable during her powerful talks, which have seen her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and placed in TIME's top one-hundred influential people in the world list.

Her message is clear: we need to act now.

Having whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.

If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.

Rising global temperatures pose a high risk of social and environmental disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, and food shortages for millions of people across our planet.

Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.

In July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.

Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.

According to Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.

And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.

On September 20, millions around the world, from London to New York, Sydney to Colombia, ditched the classroom to peacefully protest for climate action in what Thunberg dubs "Fridays for Future."

But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.

Her activism has seen her labelled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield.

But her critics don't phase her...

Yesterday, Thunberg addressed world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit and delivered a blistering, anger-tinged speech demanding climate action.

The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.

During her powerful speech, Thunberg highlighted how the science behind climate change has been "crystal clear" for over 3 decades. "I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!" she said. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.

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"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."

She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.

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"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."

After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.

Safe to say, she understandably isn't his biggest fan and shot him the most intense death stare we've ever seen.

The video has gone viral online.

When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remains fearless, and her death stare has become a somewhat internet sensation.

As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.

In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.

His swipe radiated sarcasm.

And of course, people slammed the president for attacking the young activist, as they should He's literally bullying a sixteen-year-old on the internet!

But despite his efforts to deter her from the platform, she pushes on.

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She trolled him in the most perfect way, by taking his quote of her and putting it into her Twitter bio. No insults. No tagging. Just a nice ol' reference for the president.

But even despite the confidence behind her cause, all adults seem to talk about is her mental health.

Yes, Greta Thunberg has Aspergers Syndrome but she has previously referred to it as her superpower.

However, others can't seem to let it go.

In a society wherein the youth is pushing for progression, it seems as if the adults just can't handle it. They want to keep living as blindly as possible. But when they see someone else grab the reigns, they feel the need to step in and regain that control. Even though they were the ones that let it spiral out of control in the first place.

A leading psychologist has recently come out and said that he's extremely worried for Greta.

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Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg, an Australian psychologist, has accused Thunberg of being an "entitled political pawn" who is in need of treatment.

He compared her to a young star who could "burn out."

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The theory isn't baseless, I'll give him that. He said: "I worry about her going the same as child TV stars, that they just burn out and potentially have a disastrous psychological outcome."

He said she believes she has a "sense of entitlement."

"I am worried that we use a kid like this, who arguably should be getting treatment because she's said she's had anorexia, said she's got Asperger's and said she's battled depression. As a parent, if this was my child, I'm not sure I'd be putting them on the world stage." I want to agree with this, but I can't, and here's why.

Because her mental health seems to be being used as a distraction from what she's saying.

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Why is it that when someone speaks out about important issues such as climate change, or immigration, or racism, or sexism, that we feel compelled to discredit their work with negativity? "But we're worried about her." Nope. You just don't like the fact that this sixteen-year-old girl has done more for this planet than any one of your leaders has.

Rather than listening to what she has to say, a bunch of people in power are trying to overshadow her.

He continued: "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." I think Greta's parents will decide that, thank you very much.

No parent would purposefully try to harm their child.

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If everything this doctor is saying is true, then there would be no children on TV, no actors, no singers, nothing. It is obvious that there is a correlation between mental health trauma and being a "child star," but it also occurs in adults, too. And the strangest thing about this is the fact that it's mainly adults that have been attacking Greta. Are we going to forget about the news correspondent that referred to her as "the mentally ill child?" Which one of you is going to claim him?

So many people considered "celebrities" have fallen victim to it...

But if we were continuing to live like that, no one would do anything in the fear that they would suffer from the effects of "fame." He also said that children should be in school, rather than protesting. Well, maybe if one of you know-it-all adults did something about serious global issues, children wouldn't have to take matters into their own hands. And that's been Greta's message all along. Do you get it now?

Watch her full speech below:

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the climate crisis, keep scrolling to read a story about a scientist with a rather strange solution to global warming.