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J Affect Disord. 1996 Apr 12;37(2-3):151-5.

The influence of climate on development of winter depression.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen ΓΈ, Denmark.


126 patients suffering from winter depression participated in the study. Every second week patients completed the 13 item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) in the period September to May in the years 1991 to 1994. Local weather data from this period were obtained from the Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen. No significant correlation was found between score on BDI and cloud cover, rainfall or atmospheric pressure. A significant correlation was found between score on BDI and minutes of sunshine, global radiation, length of daylight and temperature. This is in accordance with the theory, that lack of light is a contributing factor for development of winter depression.

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