Doctors Say Smoke Could Increase Anxiety

Smoke mental health impactMEDFORD, Ore. — As the Rogue Valley enters its third week being covered in smoke, doctors are warning about the possible impacts in people’s mental health. Doctors say the smoke can have a psychological impact and cause a rise in anxiety levels.

For people who already suffer from anxiety problems or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they could feel even more on edge. Psychiatrists said it’s the effect of people being forced inside during the height of summer.

“What we’re looking at here is months on end of people who aren’t able to get outside, whose animals and children aren’t able to spend time outside,” said Dr. James Hammel. “And this is in the middle of summer, when people are spending the most time out.”

People suffering from anxiety from the smoke should be extra cautious not to relapse into addictive behavior.


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  1. J. D. says:

    I have to agree the amount of dense smoke here in Grants Pass has made almost a week of my life feel like I was in a Silent Hill game. PTSD and schizophrenia do not mix well with these dark smoky days.

  2. Lianne says:

    PTSD, depression, anxiety, along with daily headaches and lung pain…definitely battling backsliding behavior.

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