In recent weeks and months we’ve shared studies about some of the effects of air pollution, such as reports of air pollution linked to autism and air pollution making us less intelligent. But now the latest air pollution study finds a link between air pollution and depression.
As The Guardian reports, researchers found that children and teenagers who are exposed to polluted air could be “three to four times more likely to have depression at 18.” The Guardian continues:
The scientists said their findings are particularly significant because 75% of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence, when the brain is developing rapidly. The work also suggests a link between toxic air and antisocial behaviour, but more work is needed to confirm this. A larger study is expected later this year.
“High levels of air pollution are just not good for you, and particularly for your children, whether that be physical or mental health,” said Helen Fisher at Kings College London, who led the research. “It is sensible to try to avoid the areas with the highest levels of air pollution. We really should be pushing for local and national government to reduce those levels.”
The study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, combined information from a group of children in London with high-resolution data on air pollution levels.
Read the full story on The Guardian.
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