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Google Searches About Mental Illness Follow Seasonal Patterns

(4/16/2013)

Google Searches About Mental Illness Follow Seasonal Patterns
Science Daily
April 8, 2013

A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought.  Using Google's public database of queries, the study team identified and monitored mental health queries in the United States and Australia for 2006 through 2010. All queries relating to mental health were captured and then grouped by type of mental illness, including ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorders (including anorexia or bulimia), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), schizophrenia, and suicide. Using advanced mathematical methods to identify trends, the authors found all mental health queries in both countries were consistently higher in winter than summer.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130409091226.htm

 


Keywords: google, searches, mental, illness, seasonal, patterns



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