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Noise Pollution and Depression

Noise Pollution and Depression

Depending on the person, loud noises are not bothersome at all to some. Millions of people prefer to live in a bustling city that never sleeps. But, just the same, people can become easily distracted or irritated due to loud annoying sounds, losing focus and a peaceful state of mind. Noise pollution and depression are the cause and effect in cases where these sounds disrupt a person’s mental and emotional well-being. Keep reading to learn more about how noises play a role in depressive episodes.  

Can Noise Pollution Cause Depression?

Unpleasant sounds can cause noise anxiety which may heighten depression symptoms. All forms of noise can unleash stress in the body, raising blood pressure and heart rate. Adrenaline increases and causes a person to respond by fleeing the scene, becoming hyperalert, or freezing. These reactions are also well-known as the “fight, flight, or freeze” responses. 

Depression can form from many different causes, such as noise. When a person is sensitive to sound, they are more likely to focus all their attention on the noise and refrain from being in the present moment. What is depression exactly? Depression is a mood disorder that inflicts persistent sadness, lack of motivation, or interest and may result in isolation or relying on drugs as a coping mechanism. Usually, family history or underlying health conditions are the leading causes of depression, but noise pollution and depression can go hand in hand. 

The effects of noise on man: 

  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Increased stress and anxiety 
  • Lack of ability to concentrate 
  • Increased depressive episodes
  • Feeling hopeless due to no control over the irritable noise 

Anxiety treatment is highly recommended if noise spikes your stress levels to avoid long-term depressive episodes or heightening depression. It’s beneficial to speak to a professional if there is repetitive noise, such as a neighbor who works outside, a bird who placed its nest right outside your bedroom window, or a noisy main street. If loud sounds are lowering your mood and lack of motivation, seeking help and learning how to cope with emotions properly is essential. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an excellent method that helps individuals learn how to deal positively with stress, emotions, and thoughts. 

What Are the Symptoms of Depression? 

High functioning depression symptoms may look like a person smiling and holding a decent conversation while experiencing a heavy invisible weight on their shoulders. Depression is often caused by genetic features, changes in the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, and environmental factors. Environmental factors include noise pollution, which heightens depression symptoms and includes: 

  • Reduced mood  
  • Difficulty thinking 
  • Thoughts of suicide 
  • Fatigue, loss of energy 
  • Unintentional weight loss 
  • Sleeping most of the day away 
  • Agitation, irritation, restlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or worthless 

How can a person reduce anxiety or depression from noise pollution? First, finding a space nearby that is quiet can help a person focus on their breath, mediate, and manage stress levels. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions and thoughts can be controlled and changed. If an individual is unable to get to a quiet place, practicing positive thinking at the moment is important. Then a person can try journaling or talking to a friend or family member about the noise that triggered them earlier that day. 

Depression Treatment At Banyan Behavioral Health Center 

At Banyan Boca, we offer depression treatment to help individuals better their mental health and overall well-being. We offer unique programs like our solution-focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing, so patients can get the help they need to reduce adverse symptoms and recover. Our medical staff is prepared to guide you through the process and establish a treatment plan that best fits your recovery goals. 

Don’t wait. Speak to a specialist at Banyan Raton Depression Treatment Center by calling 888-280-4763 today!


Related Readings: 

Cognitive Symptoms of Depression

Anxiety Rule

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.