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Season of birth in panic disorder.
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PMID:  10559699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several studies have investigated the seasonal distribution of the birth dates of patients with psychiatric diseases. Our purpose was to verify if there is a specific distribution (by month) of birth dates in subjects with panic disorder (PD). The birth dates of 843 outpatients with a diagnosis of PD were compared with those of 1,181 subjects with other mental diseases. The birth dates of psychiatric patients were compared to those of the general Tuscane and Italian populations. The monthly distribution of birth in patients with PD (with and without comorbidity) peaked in September to December, while no relevant deviation in birth rate was observed in other mental diseases. Our results suggest a pathogenic role of birth seasonality in the development of PD.
P Castrogiovanni; S Iapichino; C Pacchierotti; F Pieraccini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropsychobiology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0302-282X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropsychobiology     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-11     Completed Date:  2000-01-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7512895     Medline TA:  Neuropsychobiology     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Siena, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate*
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Italy / epidemiology
Mental Disorders / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Panic Disorder / epidemiology*
Population Surveillance
Sampling Studies

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