Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Schizophrenia


Air pollution affects our physical health. Everyone knew this till now. Now researchers have discovered from a new study that it also affects our mental health. The study said that children exposed to high levels of air pollution are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia.

A combined study of pollution data from the Department of Environmental Sciences and genetic data from IPSYCH shows that the higher the level of pollution, the higher the risk of schizophrenia.

Increasing the density of air pollution by 10 milligrams per cubic meter daily increases the risk of schizophrenia by about 20%. Senior researcher for this study Henritt Thisted Horsdal said, "Children who live in an environment with an air pollution of more than 25 milligrams per cubic meter per day are 60 percent more likely to develop schizophrenia."

The study is published in the journal JAMA Network Open Science. Researchers based on these data said that the risk of schizophrenia in a person's life is about two percent. This means that in two out of every 100, there is a possibility of it happening. Those exposed to the lowest levels of air pollution have a risk of schizophrenia up to two per cent, while those who are exposed to the highest levels of pollution have this figure of about three per cent. This is the first research of its kind, when a joint study of air pollution and genetic relationships has been done to find out the dangers of schizophrenia. "If you are more likely to get genetically predisposed, the risk of schizophrenia is also high," says researcher Henriette.

Symptoms of schizophrenia

Psychotic bipolar, and depressive disorder are more commonly seen in mental illnesses. Catatonia patients may be seen to have excessive and low motor activity. Schizophrenia is a type of mental illness that negatively affects the thinking, feeling and behavior of a person. A combined study of pollution data from the Department of Environmental Sciences and genetic data from IPSYCH shows that the higher the level of pollution, the higher the risk of schizophrenia.

The study was conducted on a total of 23,355 people, with 3,531 having schizophrenia. However, the results revealed that children exposed to high levels of air pollution in childhood had a higher risk of schizophrenia, but the researchers did not comment on the cause. Instead he insisted on further research to explore these reasons.
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