• Shellie Scott

Study shows new links between pollution, heath disorders

A study published by Environmental Health Perspectives has found that air pollution has been linked to mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. According to the study by Environmental Health Perspective, “short-term exposure to high ambient air pollution corresponded with a rise in visits to the children's psychiatric emergency department.”

This study was carried out for the length of five years, and it found that harmful matter in the air increases psychiatric disorders in adults. One of the harmful particles that the study focused on is a particle that is known as PM2.5.

This particle can get stuck deep in your lungs and pass through your organs and even get into your blood. Exposure can cause irritation, inflammation, and eventually respiratory problems.

If a person has even longer exposure, it can have worse side effects, such as cancer and heart attacks

Although many of us don’t have to worry about massive air pollution, children who live in areas with major air pollution are very vulnerable to it, potentially causing them to have anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Scientists have also found that teens who live in cities are twice as likely to develop psychiatric problems as they get older, while teens who live in more rural areas don’t have as high of a risk as others. This has to do with the amount of exposure to nitrogen dioxide by the teens.

Not only is air pollution causing climate change, it is also causing health issues greater than what we know.