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Your Zodiac Sign Can Predict Your Mental Health Disorder

Zodiac signs are some of the many things that have stood the test of time. These were once the authority of what to consult when expecting something. However, nowadays, they serve more of an entertainment purpose rather than something people take seriously. However, some studies show that these could still be relevant, especially when it comes to predicting what mental illnesses can come your way. Here are some things you should know.

More Than Just Future Telling

Some people take horoscopes seriously, while some find them a waste of time. Some check the papers regularly to see how their future will be, while it is a big joke for others. While horoscopes and zodiac signs have been both under and overestimated, one thing it can tell you about yourself is how likely you can have a mental disorder.

Of course, researchers know that horoscopes are not really meant for predicting the future. However, for some cultures, the period when a person was born can indicate how he or she might end up later on in life. The month you were born can say something about how healthy you will be and what you are likely to be.

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Mental Illness and Birth Month

In a study conducted in 2012, a research group based in Queen Mary University London looked into whether the risk for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression were more likely depending on one’s birth month. These researchers looked into the statistics of over 29 million people from England, 58,000 of which were diagnosed with one of the said conditions.

Their study showed that those who were born during the winter months were at the greatest risk of developing bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. On the other hand, those who were born in spring had the greatest risk for depression, most of whom were born in May. Contrastingly, those who were born in July were the least likely to have schizophrenia while those born in August and September were least likely to have bipolar disorder. Those born in November were the least likely to get depressed.

Suicide Linked to Birth Month

The National Alliance on Mental Health Illness says that around 90 percent of individuals who have committed suicide have suffered from a mental illness. This is not much of a surprise, but studies also show that suicidal behavior has been linked to a birth month. Another UK-based research team looked into around 27,000 suicides that took place from 1970 and 2001. They have found that those born in the months of April, May and June were more suicidal that people who were born in other months.

Why Do Months Matter in Mental Illness?

Researchers are not very sure why some birth months affect the likelihood of developing mental health illnesses, although they have entertained some possibilities. One of those is that your birth month can influence your biological clock. In a study conducted in 2010, researchers found that mice that were born in winter were less likely to adapt to a summer light cycle than mice that were born in other seasons. Our biological clock has a lot to do with our mood.

Another possible reason is how much or little Vitamin D we have in our bodies. We get Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, and a deficiency of this can make bones weaker and cause rickets. Research has also shown that low levels of Vitamin D could impact a developing brain, which means that those who have a deficiency also had higher chances of getting mental illnesses.

What Can be Done

If you happen to be born in those months were developing a mental illness is more likely, there is no need to panic. The effects that were proven by research are relatively small and they are not meant to seal your fate. Also, neuroscience has been constantly growing and developing and future cases of mental illnesses can be managed and cured more effectively and efficiently.

These signs are not meant to scare anyone. They are warning signs that doctors can consider in the future in developing medical procedures and medicines. What do you think of this list? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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