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Changes in the duration of nocturnal melatonin secretion that are induced by seasonal changes in the length of the night trigger many of the dramatic seasonal changes in behavior that occur in animals. It has been hypothesized that melatonin plays a similar role as chemical mediator of the effects of season on mood in patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For such a hypothesis to be tenable, it would be necessary to show that duration of nocturnal melatonin secretion changes on a seasonal basis in patients with SAD. We have preliminary evidence that the duration (and amplitude) o...
- Normal volunteers must be free of psychiatric illnesses.
- Patients must meet the criteria of Rosenthal et al. for the diagnosis of SAD, as determined by a DSM IV diagnostic interview, and must be free of other major psychiatric illnesses.
- All subjects must be free of major medical illnesses and must not be taking medications on a regular basis.
- Patients must not test positive for antibodies to the AIDS virus.
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Immunology at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
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