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    Default Air Pollution Could Be Causing Depression And Bipolar Disease

    Bryan Hubbard
    September 25 2019

    Psychiatric problems such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder probably aren't all 'in your head'—but they may very well be in the environment.
    The quality of the air we breathe may be a trigger for so-called psychiatric problems, and the age we start breathing polluted air could also be a factor.

    Bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia may all be caused by poor air quality—and the chances of schizophrenia, in particular, double if we're exposed to polluted air during our first 10 years


    Read more: https://www.wddty.com/news/2019/09/a...=1569584041625

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    Default Re: Air Pollution Could Be Causing Depression And Bipolar Disease

    I think the Stanford Univ. professor and others were right to criticize this study. This study would have been more believable if China and India had been studied. These are 2 countries with real air pollution problems. But the U.S. and Denmark....not so much by comparison. My question is: "If poor air quality, in fact, triggers psychatric disorders, then why didn't most people in the U.S. born before 1970 have these disorders. Before the 1970 Clean Air Act, coal powered plants and factory smokestacks billowed horrible pollutants into the air 24/7, while cars spewed uncontrolled carbon emissions into the air. According to current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, ozone, lead, particles, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and numerous other toxic pollutants have dropped an average of 73 percent, with lead and sulfur dioxide pollution dropping 80 percent and 88 percent, respectively. Bottom line: the air--although still too polluted--is cleaner now than since the beginning of the industrial revolution. So, why now is the air being tied to these disorders and not when the air was much, much dirtier?

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    Default Re: Air Pollution Could Be Causing Depression And Bipolar Disease

    I had my doubts too Mr Wiz, but decided to post it anyway. Here in Oz, there is a high suicide and depression rate among farmers, who surely breathe cleaner air than city folks.

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    Julieanne, I hope you continue to post studies like this one because we need to know about such theories. I have friends and relatives who ask me about studies like these. So, it helps to know what's out there. Please keep posting them, even when the outcomes are suspect..doubtful.

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