Exposure to black mold can bring about an exceptionally wide range of health problems. Symptoms of black mold are extensive and often go undiagnosed. Some of the more difficult symptoms to diagnose are those of impaired brain function. Is it possible that mold causes brain fog? Can it cause fatigue? Depression? Yes to all of these symptoms.
Toxic Mold Causes Brain Fog and Mental Impairment
It is all too easy to dismiss these conditions rather than attribute them to a toxic injury. Black mold and other toxic molds produce trichothecene mycotoxins. These are neurotoxins that can actually destroy brain neurons. The resulting disorders may be as severe as tremors or subtle as minor tingling. A person’s attention span can be compromised, their reflexes slowed and they may feel generally confused or disoriented. Depression and anxiety are common and they may experience memory loss. The very fact that mold causes brain fog hinders the victim from grappling with diagnosis.
We have heard people report that their dreams change significantly when exposed to mold. They often have more nightmares. Keep in mind that these are psycho-active substances. The drug LSD was originally derived from ergot mold. Yes, mold causes brain fog but in severe cases hallucinations have been reported.
Personality changes may be another symptom. This can be coupled with increased aggression or fatigue. Sometimes it is diagnosed as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These symptoms can be debilitating. In an article titled “Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Electrocortical Effects of Mixed Mold Exposure” explains some of the implications of a toxic mold exposure. The authors write:
“The pattern of deficits commonly seen in mild traumatic brain injury is very similar to that found in mold-exposed individuals. This phenomenon, clinically referred to as ‘brain fog’, is also common in individuals who suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity. Patients reported a loss of their sense of self, of their usual ways of doing things, and even of their personality. “
1/4 of the population is sensitive to mold biotoxins. Unfortunately many of these cases are dismissed as being psychological. To diagnose mold symptoms it is first necessary to suspect it. Most people will visit their doctor for one or two specific issues that are bothering them the most. It could be for depression or congestion and those are the conditions that will be addressed without putting the big picture together. The patient will receive prescriptions to treat their conditions but they don’t treat the underlying condition.
Awareness of the potential health effects and knowing that mold causes brain fog is a good first line of defense. If your home has been flooded or you’ve had a roof leak, PAY ATTENTION! Look for signs of mold or have a mold inspection done.