Mental health relates to stress, depression. It is also another truth that air pollution creates mental health problems. Air pollution causes chronic respiratory disease, lung infection and asthma. In addition to that air pollution has also related to behaviour changes such as spending less time outside, isolation and leading a more sedentary lifestyle. These can, in turn, be related to psychological distress or social isolation.
Some mental health problems
High anxiety levels are due to high exposures to fine particulate matter, a type of air pollution. Fine particulate matter, can easily inhale and absorbed into the bloodstream.
Other mental health problems by air pollution are depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease and poor academic performance.
Excessive exposure to noise pollution may provoke feelings of annoyance, disruption of sleep. In addition to that cause cognitive impairment and increases the blood pressure.
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Scientific proof of mental health problems
According to study at the University of Washington, scientists conclude that risk of mental health problems or psychological distress increase as the amount of pollution in the air.
Air pollutants can trigger strokes by inflammations and brain artery blockages. They can also affect brain development and reduce human intelligence. Long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to physical changes in the brain, as well as learning and memory problems.
Physical health effects of air pollution for short period of time are irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. Mental health problems are headaches, nausea, allergic reactions and increase in severity in such as emphysema and asthma.
Long-term physical health effects of air pollution may include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer and heart disease. Long-term exposure to air pollution may even cause damage to your brain, nerves, liver or kidneys.
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