I'm a functional medicine doctor who specializes in diagnosing mold and environmental toxicity, and patients come to me when they’re suffering with hair loss, muscle cramps, skin rashes, weight gain, and a litany of other physical symptoms. But often there’s also a mental health component that has them confused.
Anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive personality are common symptoms I see in patients affected by toxic mold. That’s because the toxins produced by mold (mycotoxins and mVOC’s) interfere with the brain’s neurotransmitters and can affect the mental capacity to deal with life. A person exposed to mold toxins can also experience memory problems and have a hard time making decisions. One study even found that impairments from mold toxins are similar to that of a mild traumatic brain injury. Some of my patients develop a very "short fuse" and get frustrated or angry more easily. They often say they are consistently "tired and worn out" with "few reserves left."
The good news is that if these physical and mental symptoms are triggered by mold, that means they often improve after the mold is addressed. If you worry that mold is affecting your overall well-being, consider a home evaluation by a professional mold inspector.
Here are a few ways to prevent mold from occurring in the first place: