Nowadays, at least some degree of anxiety has become a normal part of our lives as we struggle with money, the death of a loved one or friend, high-demanding jobs etc. In addition to these stressful situations, anxiety disorders are caused by medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry and substance abuse.
However, there is another surprising factor we may have overlooked. The electromagnetic radiation of Smartphone antennas. But how? Could our mobile phones’ antennas really cause this ever-growing silent epidemic?
Well, first of all, scientific research has shown that exposure to low-level electromagnetic radiation for a set period of time will disturb your body’s own natural energy field and cause many different health problems among which is anxiety as well.
Unfortunately, all our mobile phones emit electromagnetic radiation, whether we carry them in our pockets or purses or set them on the table. They emit a type of radiation called an electromagnetic field (EMF), made of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving together through space. And different technologies use different radiation frequencies. One form of electromagnetic energy commonly used in mobile communication is radiofrequency radiation. It essentially consists of radio waves and microwaves emitted by transmitting antennas.
Furthermore, several studies showed that the nervous system of both humans and animals is sensitive to the extremely low-frequency magnetic field (ELF MF) and radiofrequency (RF) fields. Scientists have found that changes in behavior and brain function occurred due to use of new technologies and cell phones.
An epidemiological study even suggested a link between chronic exposure to ELF MF and depression. It was also found that residential exposure to ELF MF could increase the level of anxiety in women.
Researchers also believe there are associations between chronic stress, low emotional stability, depression and excessive mobile phone use. Women with low self-esteem were reported to be the most vulnerable group, and the most frequently associated psychopathological symptom of mobile phone use was depression.
However, the study of the effect of microwave radiation from mobile phones on anxiety behavior in rats made the most important breakthrough. After being exposed to microwave radiation for 10 days, these small animals displayed an obvious anxiety behavior such as irritability and agitation.
This is truly alarming not just for adults, but for children as well. It’s already been proven that children’s anxiety levels today are higher than 50 years ago. Could their anxiety have something to do with the mobile phone radiation? They would certainly be more vulnerable to its effects because they don’t have fully developed immune systems. And it’s no wonder why many scientific organizations warn against the use of mobile phones by minors.
The electromagnetic radiation of Smartphones has definitely become an important public health problem since there have been reports of a number of mental and physical hazards in people of all ages. While the potential side-effects of EMR on the human central nervous system are still controversial, there’s no doubt that long exposure to cell phone radiation leads to enhanced anxiety levels.
Sadly, there’s no way to completely avoid exposure to radiation. Nevertheless, maybe you could try to limit your cell phone use. Or maybe look for devices that will allow your mobile phone to be used without placing it against the ear. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, would it?