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Marriage blamed for blues.

A SHOCK number of Irish people blame their WEDDING for sparking manic depression, a new survey has revealed.

And a quarter of people treated for the mental illness reckon it is caused by the birth of a child.

A survey by the Louth Boyne Research Institute to assess the current status of patients with manic depression, found:

l 24 per cent cited childbirth as the reason for the onset of their condition

l 18 per cent blamed the death of a close relative

l 8.3 per cent said overseas travel

l 7.4 per cent cited their wedding

l 5 per cent said starting university.

About half of all patients had a family history of psychiatric illness, with depression the most common.

Psychiatrist Dr Justin Brophy said: "What we learned is that although these patients are considered well in terms of their medical status, with their symptoms mostly under control, their position in society is still very much one of alienation because of the nature of this disease."

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Date:Jun 27, 2004
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