The Psychosocial Impacts
of Lead Poisoning
It is not uncommon for parents to want to avoid dealing with the issue of lead poisoning. There are so many things to worry about, why should they have their child screened for lead and maybe give themselves another issue to deal with? Or once they know their child has an elevated blood lead level, they may feel that because they cannot afford a full-scale abatement of their home, they are powerless to do anything about it, so why try?
It is natural to avoid, or refuse to believe or think about a crisis or a stressful situation. This response, referred to as DENIAL by psychotherapists, can be a useful coping mechanism when the stressful situation is one that cannot be changed. It serves no purpose to fixate on something that one can do nothing about.
However, we sometimes also react this way to situations we COULD do something about. In this case denial can prevent us from doing anything to help alleviate the problem. It helps us in the short term by sparing us the stress of thinking about a problem. But, by preventing us from addressing and solving the problem, it can hurt us in the long term. 1
We are surrounded by environmental toxins. For the most part, we can do little or nothing to avoid them. In many cases, if we live in populated areas, we must accept the fact