This study is both "fascinating" and troubling, Lise Van Susteren, M.D., a Washington, D.C., psychiatrist and environmental
activist, told Psychiatric News. "As if the impact of environmental degradation on people's bodily health isn't disturbing enough, it now seems that we have
compelling evidence of a direct psychological impact as well. Let us hope that more studies such as this one will persuade
our lawmakers to let go of any ideological differences in favor of science-based policies that are healthy for us, the environment,
and future generations."