Disturbo Affettivo Stagionale e Sindrome Premestruale Seasonal Affective Disorder and Premenstrual Syndrome

Italian Journal of Psychopathology 06/2006; 12(2).


Summary Objective It has been accepted, since ancient times that seasonal environmental changes affect human behaviour and mood. Modern psychiatric research has proved the existence of pathological chronobi- ological factors. One of the main features in such disorders is the cyclical pattern, such as the well-known Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) first described by Rosenthal in the 80's. Of the cyclical disorders, the Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) shows clinical analogies compared with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Aim of the study is to: a. evaluate the prevalence either of the Seasonal Affec- tive Disorder and of the Premenstrual Syndrome in a sample of women unaffected by psychiatric disturbances, and b. evaluate the statistical prevalence of the Premenstrual Syndrome in a sub-group of women with a diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder and the probability of association between the two disturbances, if any. Methods

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