In the previous two chapters, we have discussed the horrifying effects of mold exposure. Whether the mold is airborne or not, it has unhealthy repercussions for homeowners and tenants, both physically and psychologically. It has even affected police officers!
Do you or someone you know suffer from depression? The medical dictionary defines depression as “a mental disorder characterized by sustained depression of mood, anhedonia, sleep and appetite disturbances, and feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and hopelessness.” There is a loss of interest in pleasure and common activities, weight gain or loss, increased or decreased sleep and much more.
Although not always talked about, depression is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people every year. Some people suffer from chronic depression, often starting during their childhood. However, some people develop depression due to a traumatic event in their life. Unbelievably, one of the hidden culprits that can cause depression is mold.
Millions of residential and commercial buildings become infected with mold every year. Mold is a self-replicating fungus that can cause a variety of health problems for property residents. Recently, there have been several studies that have linked mold to a number of health conditions like PMS and depression.
When it comes to the connection to mold and depression, there is both a physical and psychological component to the problem. Mold can cause symptoms like fatigue and asthma. When people begin suffering from ailments like these unexpectedly and cannot figure out the reason why, they can become worried and depressed. This psychological effect can cause people to become depressed over time. Uncertainty is often unhealthy.
As stated, there is also a physical connection between mold and depression. Mold produces mycotoxins that can interrupt the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. This can agitate your mood, preventing you from being able to feel calm and happy. In addition, the disruption of the neurotransmitters in your brain can lead to other conditions like OCD and ADHD.
Every tenant and homeowner should bring in an inspector. Below is a video, courtesy of EnviroVentLondonNW, that demonstrates the effects of mold exposure:
For more information about the negative effects of mold, contact the team at Center Grove Inspection. We have the experienced staff and quality service to ensure your home is mold free. Depression is a crippling condition that can ruin lives and families. Do not let mold and mycotoxins be the cause of it!