Does Mold Affect Your Brain?

We’ve all heard of mildew, and some of us know about black mold, but do you know what mold can do to your health? Mold is actually a toxin, and it releases toxic gas and spores into the air. When the toxins enter your body, via skin or air, the toxic gases cause a disturbance in many organs, including your brain.

Often confused as just allergies, or “just being out of it,” mold infections can affect cognitive function, especially in the frontal cortical area.

Is it Mold Toxicity or Stress?

When mold toxicity occurs, many dysfunctions can occur, and add psychological distress, or feelings of “craziness.”

Since the 1950’s when drywall began replacing plaster, high-efficiency, energy-saving appliances are smaller and more airtight for many houses. This has increased the reports of mold infections and their drastic indicators.

Scary Symptoms of Mold Infection or Mold Toxicity

  • Psychological distress
  • Exhaustion
  • Changes in touch or sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vertigo
  • Coordination problems
  • Mental fog
  • Breathing problems
  • Digestive issues

Is it TBI, Lyme Disease or a Mold Infection?

Traumatic brain injuries, Lyme disease, and mold infections have very similar symptoms. These conditions are often associated with brain fog, memory loss, insomnia, and even nausea. Because TBIs are often painful and frightening, people tend to seek help more immediately.

Symptoms of a TBI appear suddenly and can last for years, which is why many of these illnesses are misdiagnosed as something else.

When a mold infection isn’t misdiagnosed as Lyme or a TBI, it’s often diagnosed as other brain conditions because of the symptoms. The sudden “brain fog” and memory loss allows for people to simply write it off as getting older, while depression and anxiety symptoms seem to signal mental illness.

How Can You Treat a Mold Infection?

Because of the long-term effects of mold, it is often misdiagnosed, and therefore mistreated, leaving the person even more frustrated, and still suffering from the distressing side effects of mold toxicity.

If you even think your symptoms are similar to a mold infection, it’s important to get a comprehensive evaluation. The first three things we’d do to help are:

  • Contain or stop the exposure
  • Boost your detoxification pathways
  • Increase your levels of vitamin D

An Amen Clinics full evaluation uses SPECT brain imaging to assess the brain’s function and brain flow, while other tests confirm and help to find other conditions. Because there are often other concurrent conditions, it’s even more vital to find out everything, and not just treat the side effects.

Many people have found hope and help at Amen Clinics, just like Kimberlyn. She went from an active, organized person, to feeling exhausted and out of sorts. When she went to her doctor, he did a series of tests and found that she was suffering from mold illness. She began treatments, and after her full evaluation, Kimberlyn was finally diagnosed, treated, and her symptoms gradually improved.

If you or a loved one has symptoms that sound a lot like Kimberlyn’s contact Amen Clinics today, or call 888-288-9834 and find the hope you’ve been looking for.


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  1. lihtgvr says:

    I wish I could print out this article.

  2. Joanne says:

    So, plaster doesn’t get moldy like drywall can?

    • David Willhite says:

      Drywall has a paper coating the mold can use as food. However, plaster is usually over wooden slats, which if wet, could be similar to paper and house mold.

  3. Cindy Carista says:

    Just moved out of a house full of black mold and had a ct scan of my brain today,and the idiot land lord is just going to paint over it and rent it again.

    • suemenow says:

      Can you call the county health department or some dept that might actually care, about the condition of his house?

    • Linda Brandon says:

      I’m so sorry to hear this. I was diagnosed with toxic mold syndrome recently after 12 exhausting & miserable years. I had to find an out of state doctor to help me. Four years and $12k out of my pocket now I know what’s wrong with me. My landlord is my father. He won’t pay for mold remediation even though black mold in bathroom. I can’t afford to move as I haven’t been able to work full time for 10 years. Can’t apply for disability while still living in moldy condo.

      • Dianne Shaw says:

        If you have medical documentation about your symptoms and any fit SS’s/Medicare’s guidelines for disability, get all your documentation from every doctor you have seen as well as hospital tests, in order (not easy but can be accomplished without a lawyer,) go to the SS Office after downloading and filling out forms you can get on-line. You may qualify for a lump sum (which a lawyer would take,) as well as disability (depending on what you paid into SS or use any husband’s or significant other’s SS if you were together at least 10 years and filed joint income tax forms. Could you stay with a friend or relative for a while? You need to get out of that environment NOW! Good luck and God bless.

  4. mothermary112009 says:

    I am sick from head to toe with Mycotoxin Poisoning. I have been to Dr Libbermans clinic in Charleston SC for biodetoxification. I know its a long battle as my IGG Mold blood levels are HIGH. It causes FUNGAL disease and cancer throughout the body. CT SCAN will not show MOLD DISEASE… You need all types of blood work reach out to an Environmental Specialist.

    • Disabledtonya says:

      Did Dr. Lieberman help you? Are you better after you followed his protocol? What detoxification process did he recommend?
      My daughter and I are sick also and I’ve heard of Dr. Lieberman. I was told he really knows what he’s talking about.

      • Tony says:

        You can also try the clinic of Dr. Rick Spoanaugle, near Tampa,Florida in my opinion, the ultimate expert in the US. He has treated mold poisoning for years!
        The fastest cure is Gluthathione by IV, once a day for about 4 weeks and it is gone.
        It cured me and i walked in with an amount of Mold , higher than anyone they had seen before.
        My brain chemistry changed totally!
        Highly recomended.

  5. Ana Saldana says:

    Does this article pertain to all molds, or just toxic black mold?

    I evacuated Houston before Hurricane Harvey and won’t go back until the trash is collected, toxic waste sites and chemical companies are inspected. I live near Brays Bayou and my business is in Meyerland. In these two areas the front yards were full of moldy, hot sheetrock. I don’t know if it’s been cleaned up.

    How do we know if these piles of hurricane debris have black mold?

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hi Ana,

      We are very sorry to hear that you were affected by Hurricane Harvey and it is very smart of you to not return until everything is picked up. These areas should be assessed by professionals in the area and all should be picked up or cleared. Your business should also be checked by a professional if it was affected by any flooding or water damage.

    • lihtgvr says:

      Many molds are toxic, not just black mold. You need to make sure it’s clear in as many ways as possible.
      If you can, I would recommend hiring a mold inspection company yourself also. Try to find one that is familiar with HERTSMI and ERMI testing as they will likely know more ways to test than just conventional air tests. You also may have to use a remediation company to properly remove any molds on a property. If you have house or renters insurance and they cover water damage/mold they should provide these services.

  6. Henry says:

    I not sure if I’m being expose to mold. Apt Bathroom above mine has leaked water at various times onto Wood supporting structure underneath. I’ve seen the wettest there.
    Once I go into the bathroom I start sneezing, nose continue to runn until I take some Bendry it helps
    Systoms are sneezing, runny nose, brain fog, can’t sleep, always tired. Some headaches but overwhelming. A little vertigo when I stand up to do something but then stops after I move around a bit. How do you test for it through blood, skin, saliva.
    How and what and where do I take samples for testing?

  7. Jim says:

    Wonderful article and I think many people don’t realize mold can have this severe of an effect on our brains.

    Although I can’t add anything on the effects mold has on your brain beyond what Dr. Amen has written, we’ve have a ton of useful guides and resources about mold prevention, removal, DIY, etc. that could be a resource to you. It’s all free:

  8. Bob D says:

    My symptoms are:

    *Eyes burning
    *Lungs burning
    *Throwing up
    *Skin irritated
    *Throat itchy
    *Hard to stay focused
    *Feel like I have some sort of mental illness

    I have someone looking at my ac ducts tomorrow morning. My ac guy said my ac unit was blocked up with dirty water. He vacuumed it out and cleaning coil with bleach. He suggested I get the ac ducts checked for ,mold.

  9. Lisa says:

    Does mildew also cause these problems?

  10. Pam waggoner says:

    My roof has leaked for 5 years basment has moldy smell i am suffering from some mold sysptoms do you thi nk there is mold and mold spores

  11. Kathy says:

    My whole family has been sick. Over the last two years we went from healthy to tons of medical issues like seizure, neuropathy , RA, shooting pain in head, very tired no energy. We had our roof replaced 2years ago and we were unaware that it was installed incorrectly. For 2 years the roof leaked into the walls of my home. After spending tons of money to prove the company was at fault they would not repair the damage. They just corrected the roof to stop the leak. We are 1 week from moving out and I believe we will get better. I confirm 3 molds in my home. Aspergillosis , pennicillium and cladisporium. Anyone get sick from these?

  12. John Milner says:

    I’ve called two mold drs in florida..sponagle near tampa and minkoff in clearwater fl..both want astronomical amounts of money to treat mold illnesses…wtf?..if someone is poor and suffering from mold why the frek does it cost so much to help someone?..i don’t get it..these people don’t have 4k a week to get treated(dr sponagle)..dr minkoff wanted 10k …doctors are suppose to help heal you..not put you in a financial crisis…

  13. Wendy Hu says:

    I have been suffering from sinusitis problem since June until I started to have stinky discharge from my nose having been prescribed with 2 months of antibiotics ( Amoxillin, Cephalexin, Penicillin) , feeling there might be something rotten inside of head , even my brain.

    I want to see a doctor who can help me with the diagnosis and effective medical treatment instead of making the situation worse .

    Please call me or email me for an appointment.


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