Categories: Air Pollution

New Reports Says Air Pollution May Be Linked To Mental Health Conditions

Recent studies correlate air pollution and mental health. Although, the grounds or reasons have yet to be disclosed it is a definite yes when air pollution’s effect on human mental health is to be considered.

Study discovers air pollution may be linked to mental health conditions

A new study by scientists researching air pollution has released papers on how rising air pollution level is causing mental distress besides many other health issues. The study mentions a strong relationship between poor ambient air quality and it’s health consequences. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and depression are a few major mental health issues that are directly attributed to the pollution level in various regions of the world.

A strong link between pollution and human conditions

It has been observed that people in the country are making frequent visits to hospitals than ever before. According to the reports, there are strong links between the rising case of pollution level in the city and human conditions. High risks of developing mental health issues such as bipolar disorder are now directly related to poor air quality.

Teenagers and adults less than 35 years of age are experiencing deteriorating health issues that are reported to be due to breathing local polluted air.  Hence, leading them to suffer from psychiatric disorders according to the suggestions made by the leading medical experts from the UK.

Evidence relating to air pollution may be linked to mental health conditions

Helen Fisher of King’s College London who worked on the UK teenager study says, “We don’t really know very much overall. We’ve only got a handful of studies and most have methodological problems.”

However, the study is still in question due to its uncertain reliability.

Fisher continues, “One problem is a lack of data on what an individual’s true exposure to air pollution has been, with some research looking at city-wide air quality measurements rather than specific addresses. That’s a big weakness given we know air pollution exposure can vary significantly from one street to an adjacent one.”

While the evidence is not very strong yet, Fisher says it shows there is an association between dirty air and mental disorders that warrants further research.

 

Deepshikha Deb

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