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Season of birth affects mood.

ISLAMABAD -- The season of birth leaves far reaching impact on the life of the child directly and indirectly, a group of researchers pointed out.

The researchers from Budapest, in their study of 400 people found interesting results when matched their personality with the controlled group corresponding to their birth season. The season also affects the mood of the mother that also impact upon the newborn and weather in early days leaves far reaching affects on the future moods of the baby.

Babies born in the summer are likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

People born at certain times of the year have a far greater chance of developing certain types of temperaments, which can lead to mood disorders, the telegraph reported.

The scientists, explaining the results said, this was because the seasons had an influence on certain monoamine neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which control mood, however more research was needed to find out why. They discovered that the number of people with a "cyclothymic" temperament, characterised by rapid, frequent swings between sad and cheerful moods, was significantly higher in those born in the summer.

Those with a hyperthymic temperament, a tendency to be excessively positive, was significantly higher among those born in the spring and summer.

The study also found that those born in the autumn were less likely to be depressive, while those born in winter were less likely to be irritable.

Lead researcher, assistant professor Xenia Gonda, said: "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 long- lasting effect.

"Our work looked at over 400 subjects and matched their birth season to personality types in later life. "Basically, it seems that when you are born may increase or decrease your chance of developing certain mood disorders. Professor Eduard Vieta, from the ECNP, said: "Although both

genetic and environmental factors are involved in one's temperament, now we know that the season at birth plays a role too.

"And the finding of "high mood" tendency (hyperthymic temperament) for those born in summer is quite intriguing."

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 15, 2016
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