Severe Smog to Blame for Rise in Depression Cases in China

Published By : 10 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Experts of mental health have observed and noted a slight rise in cases of depression in China with the surge in severe air pollution engulfing parts of Beijing on Monday. This has prompted the halting of outdoor construction as well as closure of schools. 

Psychiatrists have observed that exposure to the serious air pollution have resulted in worsening symptoms of depression among patients who have been diagnosed with different forms of mental illnesses. These symptoms are being called “smog blues”.

A psychiatrist at Beijing Huilongguan Hospital Wang Jian said that in order to know and fully understand the connection between the smog blues and severe air pollution, there needs to be more research in this regard. 

Jian said that by understanding the connection between the two, mental health doctors will be able to protect people from potential cases of mental health disorders resulting from exposure to harmful air pollution. The veteran psychiatrist added that several patients with neurosis and depression have complained to him about the rising severity of their symptoms after exposure to the polluted air. Jian advised them to remain indoors and switch on all the lights in the house.

The psychiatrist said that everyone can be affected by ecological pressures such as smog – even normal individuals and the able-bodies, not only those who suffer from psychiatric disorders. 

However, a professor at Peking University No 6 Hospital’s Institute for Psychiatric Research Tian Chengua said that he had not witnessed any rise in patient admissions after Monday’s smoggy weather conditions. He said that polluted weather conditions most commonly last for three to four days and even after that time, mental health problems are rarely the result. Tian expressed concern about the fact that there are no sufficient studies in China to understand the impact of weather conditions on mental health.

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