Air pollution linked to depression & bipolar disorder

air pollution linked to depression & bipolar disorder

Air pollution directly affects our health. The World Health Organization (WHO) connects it to dangerous diseases like stroke and cancer of lungs, and the latest research said that polluted areas see more patients of neurological disorders like bipolar disorder and depression. In the United States of America, researchers found states with the bad air quality, as showed by the Agency of Environmental Protection, had a seven percent rise in depression and twenty-eight percent rise in bipolar disorder, when it compared with the national average. Mental illness is not definitely caused due to air pollution, but people might be at a higher risk, said by Mr. Andrey Rzhetsky. Andrey Rzhetsky is a geneticist at Chicago University and a study author too. Similar studies in South Korea, China, and London have also found a connection between poor mental health and polluted places.

The scientists looked at available data from the Denmark and U.S. to create their link. In the United States, they first observed at ten years of data of health insurance for 150 million citizens who registered claims for four psychiatric disorders: major depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. They also observed the Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Air pollution also affects your mental stability. Researchers noted that in Denmark, air pollution is linked with depression and bipolar disorder as similar to the United States.

To observe the effects of air pollution on human health, scientist performs the experiments on rodents and dogs. In this study, damage of brain, nasal, and lungs was observed. Currently, in United Kingdom, researchers are finding how the city’s air pollution may affect children’s health. Air monitoring backpacks are distributed to children, this backpacks that note down where and when they encounter the most air pollution. State officials say this research will help them to improve public health. In such depression and psychiatric disorders, the clean environment, natural places, and fresh air acts as a stress reliever.