Spring Babies Commit Suicide?
What the hell???
They studied 26,916 suicides in England and Wales and discovered that babies born in April, May, or June had a 17% higher risk of suicide than those born in the autumn. Scientists dug a little deeper and found that these Spring babies also had higher incidences of alcoholisim, depression, and other personality disorders that could lead to suicide.
I still don't see the causal link here, or is it just me?
In the past, researchers have already shown a seasonality when it comes to other diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Previous research showed that those with schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and narcolepsy were born in December than any other month of the year.
Great, I was born in December.
The nearly 27,000 suicides were deaths that occured from 1979-2001, making it the largest and most comprehensive study linking suicide and birth month. Researchers found that females born in the spring had 30% higher suicide rate than women born in the fall. Males born in the springs months had a 14% increase in suicide rates.
Scientists report, "Our results support the hypothesis that there is a seasonal effect in the month ly birth rates of people who kill themselves and that there is a disproportionate exxcess of such people born between late spring and midsummer compared with the other months."
OK, numbers don't lie. And I agree that the numbers are very significant. But why?
Dr. Emad Salib replies, "As the baby is developing, the brain is very sensitive to any change in maternal state, like infections or even temperatures. This can affect the way that cells in the brain are arranged."
Researchers hope that their new findings can help them strategize methods to help those that are depressed and more likely to commit suicide. But understanding the complex biological and psychological factors that lead to such personality disorders, they're one step closer to understanding how to help patients get better.
In related scientific discoveries, researchers concluded that Americans consume more hot dogs in the spring and early summer months when compared to any other time in the year. Perhaps it coincides with BBQ and cookout season for many Americans, or maybe it's from the opening of baseball season. Scientists aren't sure.
Coincidence? I think not. Hot dogs make you want to kill yourself, all this research shows.