Accommodation in the high latitudes, where the majority of days in a year are cloudy, can increase the risk of exacerbation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – this is the conclusion reached by scientists from Binghamton University in upstate new York, USA.
A group of researchers led by Professor of psychology Meredith Coles has collated data on the prevalence of the disease in certain regions. It turned out that in Sunny countries suffer from OCD fewer people, reports mir24.tv.
Experts explained this pattern in the following way – people with obsessive-compulsive disorder have difficulty falling asleep and then sleep longer to compensate for the lost hours of rest.
As a result, they lose the circadian rhythms, they sleep in the Sunny morning hours and awake at dusk.
“People who live in areas with less sunlight are less able to synchronize their circadian clock, which leads to an increase of OCD symptoms,” said Coles.
It is noted that the main symptom of OCD is Intrusive, disturbing or frightening thoughts. The patient tries to get rid of the resulting anxiety, by repetitive tedious actions. Treatment should combine a course of medication and psychotherapy.
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