Study Finds No Proof Of The Existence Of Seasonal Depression

Posted: Jan 31 2016, 11:28am CST | by , Updated: Feb 1 2016, 9:10pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Study Finds No Proof of the Existence of Seasonal Depression
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A recent study claims that seasonal depression is only a myth.

A new study has found that seasonal depression is just a myth or a fake idea. There is no proof of the existence of any such condition. 

This form of depression, medically called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is thought to occur in late autumn and winter season and is caused by the seasonal variations of light or the lack of it. This mood disorder has been recognized by the mental health community for 30 years but now research claims that there is not much objective data to support the notion. So, it can be assumed that seasonal changes cannot cause depression?

Researchers from Auburn University at Montgomery surveyed more than 34,000 US adults via telephone and asked them about depression, time of year it happens and their home’s latitude etc. 

After analyzing data, researchers found no strong evidence of depression related to season and if seasonal pattern could lead to depression, those cases should be very rare.

Steven LoBello lead researcher of the study said. “I certainly did not argue that this means SAD does not exist. However, only a minority of depression cases are actually SAD.”

SAD was formally described and given name in 1984 and was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the bible of psychological diagnosis – in 1987. But the existence of the seasonal depression always remained doubtful while the latest research casts more doubts on this mood disorder.

6% of US adults suffer SAD or winter depression while almost one out of five has mild seasonal depression, according to The American Academy of Family Physician. It is thought that people in arctic are more susceptible to SAD than people in other regions while long gloomy overcast conditions can also affect seasonal affective disorder. Common symptoms include nausea, agitation or anxiety, sleep problems and overeating.

Nevertheless, further researchers are required to confirm the findings of the research. 

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