Exposure to Toxins and Mental Health


Toxins are a very prevalent feature in today’s society. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, toxins are “a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.” Toxins are often used in drugs, which only adds to the temptation to use those, inhibiting mental health functions.


Toxins have plagued people in society for years, as many people often suffer the consequences of taking in these toxins. As a result, countless people have been dealt the effects of ingesting toxins into the bloodstream. In 2008, a study done by the Mental Health and Environmental Exposures revealed that exposure to toxins and metals in our environment may potentially be linked to psychiatric diagnoses. Symptoms of these diagnoses include “dementia, depression, anxiety, confusion, memory loss, poor concentration, and insomnia”, which all can lead to detrimental impacts on one’s life. Having multiple symptoms of this would likely cause one to have trouble going about their day-to-day life, but even one of these symptoms can lead one to dread even performing the smallest and most basic of tasks, which can take a massive toll on one’s mental health.



It is well known just how crucial the mind is in our functions in our day-to-day lives. As Stephen J. Genuis of the National Library of Medicine puts it, “proper brain function requires the complex interaction of chemicals perpetually occupied in purposeful biochemistry.” This perpetuates the notion that chemicals in the brain are vital in our choices we make in our lives. As a result of this extreme significance in our daily lives, protecting ourselves from these chemicals requires our immediate attention, in order to maintain mental stability for all. Toxins have been on the rise in the most recent decades as well, as in the last 40 years, “there has been the unprecedented development and release of a swelling repertoire of potentially toxic chemicals which have the capability to inflict brain compromise.” If the rise in the use of toxins remains the case, then protection from toxins will be at the forefront of our concerns sooner, rather than later. This will ensure a greater chance for better mental health for everybody.


Toxins affect each and every one of us in a variety of ways if used in a highly concentrated matter, as the previously mentioned symptoms are common, but other autoimmune diseases have been found to manifest in the human body, as well. According to the writers at Amen Clinics, autoimmune diseases such as “diabetes, cancer, fatigue, numbness, tingling, tremors, and allergies” are all possible to attain with increased use of toxins. All of which can severely impact the quality of life on an individual. It is well known that autoimmune diseases can severely hamper one’s emotions and mental health, which only adds to the idea of how detrimental toxins can have on an individual.

In conclusion, Toxins have an extremely negative effect on our bodies. Not only do toxins affect our mental health, they also affect our physical health, too. Just like with any other problematic situation someone endures, digging to the route of the issue, and finding a direct solution, is the best form of solving the issue. Everyone should benefit as a result of this help, as long as those using toxins have the resources to access it.


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