Mold and Psychiatric Symptoms


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The neurotoxins made by certain species of mold recently have been recognized in research literature and by practitioners as having the ability to cause or trigger psychiatric symptoms of all kinds.

Following are some articles on this topic.


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Brain on Fire

Psychiatrist Dr. Mary Ackerley, M.D., discusses specific research studies and the mental-health improvements that she has seen in her patients who have addressed toxic mold issues in a Paradigm Change blog post, Brain on Fire: The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms.



The Depression Response

In another Paradigm Change blog post, The Depression Response, Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson discuss the how the research literature shows that trichothecene mold toxins can trigger cytokine responses associated with both depression and ME/CFS, as well as how attending to emotional responses has helped them to more successfully pursue mold avoidance.


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Toxic Mold Syndrome

Popular psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D., wrote about the effects that toxic mold can have on emotional symptoms in an article called Toxic Mold Syndrome: “It Was Like I Lost My Personality.” He also shared spect scans showing obvious physiological changes in the brain experienced by those exposed to toxic mold. Dr. Amen and other physicians discussed at length the topic of mold’s effects on the brain and the emotional symptoms that result in the movie Moldy.



Online Symptom Survey

Mental health professional Jen Higginbotham queried 131 mold illness survivors in an online poll and asked them which symptoms they had experienced. The results are summarized in a Toxic Mold Illness blog article.


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Toxic Mold Illness Diagnosis

The page Toxic Mold Illness Diagnosis lists some of the psychiatric symptoms that often are associated with mold illness and that have been observed to improve with mold avoidance and treatment.


Pictured: Spect scans show a brain damaged by toxic mold exposures (top of the page) compared to a healthy brain (below). The pictures were presented by psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D., in the movie “Moldy.”


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