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Women 'more likely' to suffer winter depression and mood changes

From BBC - January 9, 2018

Women are more likely than men to experience seasonal changes in their mood, researchers have found.

The changes, which include depressive symptoms in winter, appear to be independent of factors such as smoking, alcohol use and physical activity.

A University on Glasgow study found low mood and tiredness peaked in winter months.

It also highlighted an increase in anhedonia - the inability to experience pleasure from enjoyable activities.

Analysis of the data of more than 150,000 UK Biobank participants was assessed for evidence of seasonal variation.

The research - published in the Journal of Affective Disorders - found a relationship between shorter days and greater depressive symptoms among women.

Temperature variation

However, the research team from the university's institute of health and wellbeing say it may be explained by variations in outdoor temperatures.

Daniel Smith, professor of psychiatry, said: "This very large, population-based study provides evidence of seasonal variations in depressive symptoms which appear to be more pronounced in women than in men."

'Complex issue'

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