Review on November 10, 2008
Ups and downs in mood are normal, but many people may be experiencing unnecessary mood swings that interfere with relationships, the workplace, or a general feeling of well-being. In these cases it is important to locate the source of the mood swings.
The source may be closer to home than one would think. it may be the home itself, or more specifically, mold in the home. Recent research indicates that household mold can do more than lead to allergies, asthma, or other physical discomforts. Though the exact mechanisms are not known, mold has been recently linked to emotional disorders including depression and mood swings.
While for years many had suspected there was a link between mold and mood swings, studies undertaken recently have proven it. A recently published study conducted by Brown University and published in the American Journal of Public Health compared the health profiles of over 6,000 adults. Those living with mold-infested homes reported a higher incidence of emotional disturbances, particularly mood swings.
If the other health benefits of maintaining a mold free home weren't enough, the concurrence of mood swings is the cherry on top. Mold tends to fester in damp environments, and in fact cannot grow without moisture. Indoor activities such as humidifiers, cooking, or bathing can lead to mold, as can outdoor phenomena such as wet building materials, flooding, or humidity.
While oftentimes mold can be visible, particularly strains of green or black mold, it can be an invisible nuisance as well. It is important to have the home tested if experiencing unexplained emotional disturbances or mood swings, as the physical environment may be the culprit.