I start this episode with briefly discussing the startling statistics on student mental health and the stories our culture tells for why students are receiving more psychiatric diagnoses and even dropping out of college. Mainly I focus on the rarely considered - but, I argue - very common root cause to mental health issues in college students - mold toxicity from dorms. I explain how physiologically someone can go to college thriving and having great hope for the future to living in a dorm with mold (seen or unseen) and then go on to become diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD or even bipolar disorder...or simply loose motivation and energy for school and drop out. I also discuss other potential symptoms, how one can acquire testing for mold toxicity without a physician and what treatment for mold toxicity can look like.
Mold toxicity is a surprising common root cause of brain related symptoms.
In this conversation, Dr. Judy Tsafrir and I discuss:
- Water damaged buildings and how someone might unknowingly be exposed to toxic mold.
- How mold toxins get into and impact the body (and brain)
- Symptoms and associated diagnoses
In our next episode, we will discuss testing (for people and for physical spaces) followed by an episode on treatment.
Lastly, we hope to then have a recap on facebook live which would allow for questions and answers.
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In these podcasts, I use a common cultural reference - such as something from the news, the arts, media, or politics, as a starting place before delving into the fascinating and less known roots to our brain related symptoms and mental wellbeing. Along the way, I discuss new and evolving treatment options that address these root causes. Her hope is to challenge us to look at ourselves, our families, our lives, our culture and even our humanity through a different lens - a lens that offers more possibility and more hope.