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Mold and Mental Health

Back in 2007 a groundbreaking study lead by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa found that there is a link between damp, moldy homes and depression. Since then, more and more scientists have found that mold affects brain physiology in many ways. In fact, they have found that toxic mold can lead to psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, attention problems, brain fog and insomnia. Moreover, some individuals may be particularly susceptible to the conditions that are caused by toxic mold exposure. Here are some other facts about toxic mold and how it can negatively affect the health of you and your family.

Infections, Depression and Toxins

Some of the toxins left in the wake of a fire or flood include streptococcus and Neurological Lyme which have been shown to be responsible for creating several psychological conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety. This is why it is vitally important to have an inspection conducted immediately after a fire or flood event. Making the situation worse is the fact that mold can often hide in places that are not immediately apparent yet in these places still cause damage.

Non- psychiatric Symptoms of Toxic Mold

Of course, the symptoms of toxic mold can manifest themselves in more than just the brain. Other symptoms of toxic mold poisoning include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Aches
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Red Eyes
  • Blurred Vision
  • Sinus Problems
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint Pain
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Skin Sensitivity
  • Sweats (especially night sweats)
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Increased Urination

The Good Newsmental health

The good news is that some of the mental conditions caused by toxic mold can be diagnosed and treated. Some of the treatments for mycotoxins, for example, make use of charcoal and clay as natural binds that trap these toxins permitting them to eventually leave the body. Some toxins are harder to treat once they have done their damage to the body. Therefore, the best possible solution is to quickly have your property tested after a flood event. We can specialize in mold damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning and can eliminate mold from your home. We can detect mold using air sampling and other techniques that can make your home safe.

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