Can the month you were born tell you about your overall mood for the rest of your life? A study is suggesting just that. Understanding what season you were born in could help those with mood disorders. “Research shows that the season you’re born in has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of the year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders.” This study has just been presented at the European College of CNP Congress in Berlin and was highlighted in Science Daily.
Assistant Professor Xenia Gonda (head of the study from Budapest, Hungary) is quoted as saying, “Biochemical studies have shown that the season in which you are born has an influence on certain monoamine neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which is detectable even in adult life. This led us to believe that birth season may have a longer-lasting effect. Our work looked at over 400 subjects and matched their birth season to personality types in later life. It seems that when you are born may increase or decrease your chance of developing certain mood disorders.”
Whether you believe in astrology, folklore or any other birth month beliefs, this study is extremely interesting and should be considered when there’s a chance of developing certain mood disorders.
The study found the following 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.