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Rainy July: More Anti-Depressants

Published måndag 30 juli 2007 kl 12.22

Swedes increase their consumption of anti-depressant medication when the country experiences bad weather in July, according a study published in the ”Journal of Environmental Psychology”.

The study, based on sales of a well-known brand of anti-depressant, compared average daily temperatures throughout the 1990’s. Researchers told the Swedish daily ”Dagens Nyheter” that the lower the average temperature, the higher the sales of the medication became.

The only other month to show such a pronounced link was June, leading researchers to suggest that it’s not weather that makes people depressed, rather, it is bad weather preventing them from spending time outdoors to unwind when they had expected to do so.

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