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Pollution and Psychosis

By Ruth Puentespina


A recent article published by the BBC has brought to light new evidence on causes of psychotic episodes, and one of these causes may be in the air we breathe. Researchers at King’s College London found that high levels of pollutants might be related to psychotic experiences in some teenagers. Other evidence suggests that adolescent psychotic experiences are more common in urban areas. Although many factors may trigger a psychotic episode, such as drug intake, alcohol and trauma/stress, it is important for the local community not to discount pollution as a possible cause for psychosis. More research needs to be conducted, but taking the right steps toward a healthier environment today can only benefit both our physical and mental health as well as improve our overall well-being.


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