New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders (affective disorders). This work is being presented at the European College of CNP Congress in Berlin.
The group found the following statistically significant trends:
· cyclothymic temperament (characterized by rapid, frequent swings
between sad and cheerful moods), is significantly higher in those born
in the summer, in comparison with those born in the winter.
· Hyperthymic temperament -- a tendency to be excessively positive --
were significantly higher in those born in spring and summer.
· Those born in the winter were significantly less prone to irritable temperament than those born at other times of the year.
· Those born in autumn show a significantly lower tendency to depressive temperament than those born in winter.