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On a Sunday morning, you may look at the newspaper or check the Internet to read your horoscope for the day. It may claim that good luck is in your future, although you should be careful not to overestimate your abilities, especially when it comes to that new project at work. You may believe this is all consistent with your Aries personality , since people with this sign tend to have high expectations of their own abilities.
The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their profession. In a study , a group of researchers at Queen Mary University in London investigated whether the risk of schizophrenia , bipolar disorder , and major depression increased depending on one's birth month. Winter babies were at the greatest risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, with January being the most common birth month for this group.
Spring babies, meanwhile, appeared to be at greatest risk for depression, which demonstrated an almost significant peak in May. Schizophrenia had significant lows for people born in July, and bipolar disorder had significant lows for individuals born in August and September. People born in November were significantly less likely to experience depression.
It should come as no surprise, then, that suicidal behavior may also be linked to birth month. Another British research team examined the data from nearly 27, suicides between and and found that individuals born in April, May, and June had the greatest risk of committing suicide. Their risk was 17 percent higher than that of people whose birthdays fell in the autumn or winter. One possibility is that birth month influences our biological clock. In a study , scientists found that mice born in the winter were less able to adapt to a summer light cycle than mice born in other seasons.
Our ability to regulate our biological clock is strongly linked to mood. The researchers speculated that difficulties with these biological rhythms could increase the risk of mental health disorders in humans born in the winter.
Another possible candidate is vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced when our bodies are exposed to sunlight, and many people are aware that a lack of the vitamin can weaken bones and cause rickets, but recent research has uncovered another role for the vitamin in the nervous system: Lower levels of vitamin D could feasibly impact the developing brain, potentially explaining higher rates of mental illnesses for people born in the cold winter or the wet spring. One Danish study found that individuals with the lowest levels of vitamin D at birth were more likely than others to develop schizophrenia later in life.
Infections may be at least partially to blame.
During the winter, a mother may be more likely to have the flu. Could this potentially influence the developing baby? Should people who were born in the spring and winter start worrying about their mental health?
Should prospective parents attempt to plan their conception around the seasons? There's no need to panic. In the future, doctors may provide susceptible newborns with extra vitamin D or light box therapy. Mothers may receive special treatments to protect them from infections and allergens. As neuroscience grows and develops, more risk factors will be identified and more solutions crafted.
In the meantime, perhaps we should meditate on the fragility of our brains. If our season of birth is powerful enough to shift our mental health , what else could be holding us back? It's true that Astrology is an absolute flop when used for predicting future events, but the best use of Astrology is in accessing personality traits.
I've done excessive Astrological examinations of Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, and their behavior ties in with their natal birth charts. Never completely trust a person unless you know all the revelant birth data. Not everyone was born in the Northern Hemisphere.
It would have been helpful for the article to have taken this into account.
You just lost a whole hemisphere of readers who may also have wanted to know I was amazed and very surprised after reading the article as it has proven true for three members of my family. However, a number of local marches have been roiled by drama, both related and unrelated to the controversies surrounding the national organization. Mallory specifically has come under fire for praising Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Chicago also will not be holding a march this year, though local organizers say they never planned one in the first place, due to high costs and lack of volunteers. This post will be updated. Already a subscriber?
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