SEOUL, Dec.16 (Korea Bizwire) – Research shows that among those suffering from depression, those who have a nocturnal lifestyle are more than twice as likely to commit suicide.
A team led by Psychology Professor Lee Seung-hwan of Paik Hospital analyzed the risk of suicide among 120 patients with depression, and made the surprising discovery.
The team divided the subjects into two groups, ‘daytime people’ and ‘nocturnal people’, and measured the risk of suicide. The results showed that while the ‘daytime people’ gained an average of 6 points, ‘nocturnal people’ gained 14.73 points, which was almost 2.5 times higher.
In addition, suicide among patients with depression was influenced by the season. Patients who were influenced by seasons had a higher tendency to commit suicide (16.23 points) compared to those who were not (9.81 percent).
The research team concluded that nocturnal habits increased bipolar traits and led the patients to impulsive suicide.
As such, the team suggested that a healthy lifestyle of getting up early and going to bed at a reasonable hour could cleanse an individual’s biorhythm, helping them to recover from depression as well as preventing patients from committing suicide.
The team also concluded that in cases of seasonal depression, hormones and changes in environment such as sunlight and temperature could confuse an individual’s biorhythm, leading the patient to have suicidal thoughts.
Professor Lee commented that this is the first time research was conducted on the correlation between living patterns of patients and the change of seasons and suicide. “If we apply the results of the research to therapy, we could lower the suicide rate of patients with depression, which currently reaches 10 to 15 percent.”
The results of the study were published in the recent issue of ‘Journal of Affective Disorders’.
By Francine Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)