The aim of this study is to evaluate the presence of a daily chronobiologic rhythm in suicidal behavior and opiate overdose syndrome. One hundred and eighty-one patients and 117 subjects, respectively, were investigated during one solar year. In attempted suicide a significant circadian rhythmicity was found for patients as a whole and females separately, while in the latter study significant periodicity concerned the total subjects and males singly. Both situations disclosed a peak of incidence in the evening, at about 7 p.m. Potential explanations of these results include diurnal variation in mood, possibly related to cyclical hormone and neurotransmitter secretions, and social habits.
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|Titolo:||Circadian periodicity in suicidal behaviour and in opiate overdose syndrome|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista|