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Mold and Mental Health

One area of concern that I believe should receive more attention is the link between mold exposure and mental health.

Exposure to mold can have a range of negative health effects affecting every body system. There is growing evidence that mold exposure can also impact mental health. Research has shown that mold exposure is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

One reason for this may be that mold produces mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that can affect the brain and nervous system. These toxins can cause a range of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and cognitive impairment, which can contribute to mood disorders.

Another way in which mold affects mental health is that mold-related illness causes poor sleep. If you have mold-related illness, you are in a low oxygenated state at a cellular level which puts your system into fight or flight mode. Your body feels anxiousness and is trying to signal you to get out of the mold! In addition, poor sleep quality is directly correlated with the incidence of mood disorders. Not to mention that having unexplained medical symptoms in and of itself negatively impacts mental health.

If you have anxiety or depression, reach out to see if this may be due to mold illness!

As always, if you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, this is an emergency. Please seek immediate medial attention.

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