Environmental contaminants have not been considered as a contributing factor in the role of depression till more recently. Scientists have begun to focus on environmental factors---such as pollution, indoor living conditions, food additives and preservatives---as major potential determinants of mental health and safety. The absorption of toxins from the atmosphere and from foods has been linked to a number of major health issues including birth defects and cancer. A growing body of evidence has found potential links between environmental hazards and mental health issues such as chronic depression.
Some studies have found that prolonged exposure to these chemicals is more likely to result in depression, according to clinical criteria. Solvents, especially in high concentrations, are fairly easy to avoid. But cosmetics, hygiene products and household cleaners are much more common.
More studies have found a relationship between pesticide exposure---especially in high quantities---and depression. Other research work has discovered that small exposures may contribute to mood disorders, as well as higher rates of depression, which have been found even among the family members of pesticide applicators.
Exposures to everyday pollutants from persoanl care items, household cleaners, & cosmetics has been a major culprit to adding to the toxic load, resulting in anxiety and depression. There are many suggestions on this site to aid in changing your toxic chemicals to safe- real green solutions. Join us in making a difference - contact the Director for more information.
End Your Blues
Suggestions: 1. Stop using chemically - based perfumed products - in the way of cosmetics, aftershave, hairsprays, deodorants, perfumes etc. 2. Use all organic essential oils directly or combination personal care products instead. 3. Use all organic & naturally based cleaning products as suggested on this site. 4. Use the great gifts from the healing world of plants by imbuing your space with essential oils - inhale the scents e.g. Lemon essential oil which has a plethora of uses for cleaning - also has a wealth of benefits for mental health. A study conducted at the MIE University School of Medicine in Japan concluded that treatment with citrrus fragrance "was rather more effective than antidepressants". Another study found that lemon and its main constituent citral had antidepressant effects.