Sunshine deprivation does not influence depression – A Dutch study reveals

A new study revealed that sunshine deprivation or the lack of sunshine does not influence depression / moodiness neither does it worsen the case of depression.

According to this study, the presence or absence of sunlight has no effect whatsoever on the mood and there is nothing like ‘winter blues’. This new study was carried out by examining over five thousand people and assessing the effect of sunlight on their mood.

This new study implies that sunshine deprivation does not have any impact on depression and does not make anyone inclined to be depressed.

The Dutch study which had a total of 5,282 people examined revealed that a sunshine deprivation does not influence depression.

But there were exceptions, and this was found in participants who were high in neuroticism. This set of people were affected by sunlight.

Neuroticism is a temperamental characteristics that makes people more inclined to moodiness.

Neuroticism is one of the serious five high-order personality traits which is studied in psychology.

Those who have higher neuroticism are more inclined to be moody, depressed and or prone to anxiety.

The 5,282 volunteers were studied and it was discovered that the volunteers who are more inclined to feel negative emotions or get moody were the only ones who got to be affected by the change in sunlight.

The other participants who do not possess higher neuroticism and are not inclined to get moody were not affected by the end of the summer sun.

Wim Winthorst, from the University of Groningen, is one of the authors of the study.

He explained that he was merely able to deduce why those participants with higher neuroticism had an exception to the conclusions of their study.

According to him, it is possible that, this people ‘might have the tendency to attribute their negative moods to factors beyond their individual control’.

Winthorst also implied that the winter might induce stress or play the role of a stressor for the participants with higher neuroticism which induces an increase in depression-related symptoms.

Stressors as studied in psychology can be circumstances or surroundings which specific people might see as difficult or frightening to their personal security.

Talking to Plos, a researcher asserted that their outcomes did not support the hypothesis that seasons can affect moods.

The only people whose mood was influenced by sunshine deprivation were those who had higher neuroticism.


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