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Old 10-09-2015, 04:01 AM   #1
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Birth month and mental illness

So after looking at the poll here on birth month, I noticed that the highest numbers were January (my birth month) and November. I began to wonder why this is, and after some reading, it turns out that babies born during winter are more prone to health problems like mental illness, which may explain why the most common month on here is January. (Now, I realize that not everyone on here necessarily is mentally ill, but in my personal experience, many people with these issues are.)
Its also interesting to compare people you know with their birth month and how it compares to them. Of course, they'res always going to be exceptions, but it's interesting to look at the correlation.
Supposedly, the seasonal factors affect the pregnancy in ways that produce these results; for example, a mother may have less access to certain fruits and vegetables during some months and that lack of vitamins could affect the baby.
January was the month with the highest amount of cases of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, while May had the most people with depression.
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Old 13-09-2015, 12:45 PM   #2
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Sounds interesting

I was born in August.

I wonder how the months correlate with members who live in Australia?




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Old 13-09-2015, 02:05 PM   #3
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Hmm how interesting.

I'm a May baby.

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Old 13-09-2015, 10:18 PM   #4
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Interesting, I'm born in January.



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Interesting. I'm a December baby.



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Old 14-09-2015, 03:30 AM   #6
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How would this work with premature babies?

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Old 14-09-2015, 09:56 AM   #7
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How would this work with premature babies?
I suppose it would just be whatever months you developed in while your mom was pregnant with you, so like if you were a month early, the months that affected you were the eight months you were inside your mom and the circumstances during those months. I don't really know though, just guessing

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Old 14-09-2015, 02:01 PM   #8
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I'd be interested to read the source where you got that info; not that I'm skeptical, just that I'm nerdy. I was born in March, technically over the cusp into spring.

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I'm October, my mum is April.

I'd also be interested to see the source.

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Premature babies I believe are also at risk of having mental health issues I think due to the difficulties in attachment etc when they are first born.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/reco...-problems.aspx




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Interesting, but I think this likely to be a case of confusing the correlation and the cause. Or, it's simply coincidence, there are after all, only twelve months in the year and billions of people on the planet.

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http://www.livescience.com/20237-bir...disorders.html

http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/05...nia/38936.html

These were the main two sites I used, I also skimmed over a few others; just google "birth month and mental illness."





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http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=118260&page=1
This one has some good info too.





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Hmm, interesting thing, i was born on November.

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I'm from Australia and born in June, which is also winter over here



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Kind of related, I watched a programme last night about how the month of CONCEPTION of a baby can drastically alter its survival rates as the child grows older. To do with the diet the mother is consuming at the time of conception (wet vs dry season; leafy greens vs carbs) and how certain genes in the developing foetus are turned on or off by presence or lack of certain vitamins and minerals.

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I've heard about this before at college. It's something that has been looked into and debated about in psychology. There's lots of different theories but I don't think there's a definitive cause and effect reason yet.



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Interesting, but I think this likely to be a case of confusing the correlation and the cause. Or, it's simply coincidence, there are after all, only twelve months in the year and billions of people on the planet.
I would tend to agree with this. Although I have come across some of the arguments for certain factors (such as infections and viruses more common in the winter months) which may be a contributory factor in the development of some mental health problems, I'd guess in those who for whatever reason (be that genetic, environmental/developmental etc) are already more susceptible to those problems, rather than any more direct cause.

I was born in April, around 5 weeks premature (but a twin, and 5lbs 13, so not bad at all for a twin). I have read articles which suggest that the birth dates of people with anorexia peak in late spring and early summer (often with infections during winter months cited as potential factors, but no cause-effect ever established). Or, for example, that conception for mothers who restrict/have EDs is more likely to warmer months due to body temperature fluctuations. In turn, modelling of restrictive behaviours, environmental factors (and possibly any genetic factors I guess) may increase the likelihood of said child then going on to develop disordered eating habits too. Or e.g. increased sunlight exposure in the summer months may lift mood for some parents with mental health problems, leading to an increase in spring babies (again, total hypothesising, nothing more than coincidental factors in general. And this is an example of parental MH rather than the subsequent child, of course).

But then, I went on to develop anorexia nervosa (and not anything birth-related at all, I would put it down to being naturally sensitive and perfectionistic anyway, in combination with horrible school experiences), my twin has absolutely no difficulties with mental health at all.

...Anyways, massive ramble much. Basically, many hypotheses, no cause-effect, correlation does not equal causation, often coincidence. Is my opinion!










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