Childhood lead exposure is associated with adult personality difficulties and lifelong poor mental health

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Children exposed to lead may have poor mental health as adults.

Lead exposure in childhood appears to have long-lasting negative effects on mental health and personality in adulthood, according to a study of people who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline. The findings, which will appear Jan. 23 in JAMA Psychiatry, reveal that the higher a person's blood lead levels at age 11, the more likely they are to show signs of mental illness and difficult personality traits by age 38.   Read full article here.