China: Action call on smog, mental health link

“BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhuanet) — Senior clinical psychiatrists have called for closer studies on the negative impact of smoggy days on mental health.

Severe pollution has been linked to respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis, but few people realize it could trigger “smog depression”, said Tian Chenghua, a professor at the Institute for Psychiatric Research at Peking University’s No 6 Hospital.

He said it is scientifically proved that some types of depression are closely associated with conditions such as seasonal change and lack of sunlight. These are related to the production of the hormone melatonin, which lightens skin pigmentation.”

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