The study conducted by King’s College London provides irrefutable evidence of the link between air pollution and psychotic experiences.
According to the researchers, teenagers living in dirty air are more likely to suffer psychotic experiences. The study has found a remarkable link between air pollution and psychotic experiences such as hearing voices, anxiety, depression, extreme paranoia etc. in adolescents. The scientists have been studying the behavior of citizens living in urban areas and observing the illness in the subjects. The study has shed a light on the effect of polluted air on teenagers leading to social isolation and crime.
The scientists from King’s College London studied 2000 teenagers from England and Wales living in rural, semi-urban and urban areas. For the test, scientists defined psychotic experiences as paranoia and delusions. The researchers tried to find out the potential correlation between the polluted air and psychotic experiences. The result of the study was undeniably convincing with data revealing the link between psychotic experiences and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Nitrous Oxide (NO2). Almost one-third of the teenagers reported psychotic experiences such as being spied or hearing voices. One significant point of this test was the variety of other factors account for such experiences were taken into consideration.
Such factors can be psychiatric history, smoking in teenage, substance abuse, social conditions, crimes in neighborhood etc. However, this study does not prove that air pollution is solely responsible for psychotic experience, but proves that there is a connection between two. It is speculated that toxic particles in the air can enter through the lungs and then travel to the brain causing inflammation, ultimately poor mental health. Of course, more work is needed to understand the connection between neurological working and air pollutants, but this study indeed shows the strong effect of air pollution on mental health.
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