Nov 28, 2019
Topic - Allergies and anxiety
We’ve known for a while that adults with allergies tend to have anxiety and depression as a result of the release of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. They leak into your blood and affect the way the brain functions. Now, it’s believed that children’s allergies can cause the same kinds of problems. Kids with severe allergies have high rates of anxiety, depression and withdrawn behavior. Significant amounts of circumstantial evidence, including that most suicides occur during the times when pollen is most intense, validate that allergies trigger the release of cortisol, a stress hormone, which then interferes with nature’s antidepressant, serotonin. Feeling sick, coughing, sneezing and wheezing can trigger anxiety in nearly everyone, and kids have limited coping skills, so the burden is heavier on them. Don’t dismiss your kids’ allergies. Help them. See a pediatric allergist to get the best care possible.