Does Mold Cause Depression?
Great question because it is asking whether the air quality in a home will affect one’s mood. Research has shown that mold could possibly be the cause of MS and Parkinson’s.
But does it cause depression and hopelessness in the future? According to toxic mold survivors: Gina Lopez, Raffaella Tassone, Kelsey Best, and other survivors I have spoken with, YES, mold and bad air quality causes depression, hopelessness, and in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide.
However, is there any Third Party Research to support claims that bad air quality and mold causes depression? There has been some research conducted and my hope is more will be released in the future. The research cited below provides further evidence that air quality can have a negative effect on one’s thinking and mood.
A study led by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa, found a significant link between mold and depression.
Shenassa’s team analyzed data from 5,882 adults in 2,982 households. The data was collected by the World Health Organization in 2002 and 2003. Interviewers visited 1000s of homes in eight European cities and asked residents a series of questions, including if they had depressive symptoms such as decreased appetite, low self-esteem, and sleep disturbances. WHO interviewers also made visual checks of each household, looking for spots on walls and ceilings that indicate mold.
1. There is a definite connection between damp, moldy homes and depression.
2. Mold related health problems such as wheezing, fatigue and colds causes depression because the home owner has a perceived lack of control over their housing environment. “Physical health, and perceptions of control, are linked with an elevated risk for depression,” Shenassa said, “and that makes sense. If you are sick from mold, and feel you can’t get rid of it, it may affect your mental health.” According to Shenassa, “healthy homes promote healthy lives.“
If you or someone you love is suffering from depression and you suspect that the home’s environment may be the cause, then it is important that you get a professional to inspect for mold and evaluate the air quality. If you have questions, call us toll free, 1-888-909-6653 or use the form below.
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