Did you know that in Texas, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is just as common in the summer as in the winter? While we have plenty of blazing sunlight here in toasty Texas, the reality is that the extreme heat drives many people indoors. Some people actually get less sun exposure, make less vitamin D, and may even exercise less due to the extreme heat. Adding this to dehydration, lighter food intake, and longer days, this means an increase in anxiety and depression for some Texans.
Another thing that comes with the spring / summer heat is rain & humidity. With that comes a big jump in mold levels. The warm weather not only activates mold in the ambient environment (outside), but it creates warmth and condensation in our air conditioning systems that create a perfect environment for indoor mold. About 25% of the population are genetically sensitive to mold. For these individuals, mold exposure causes not just allergies but inflammation that affects the nervous system, joints, digestive system and immune system. Anxiety and depression are common symptoms of mold exposure in sensitive people. Read more →