Is winter depression a bipolar disorder?

David M. White, Alfred J. Lewy, Robert L. Sack, Mary L. Blood, David L. Wesche

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Sixty-one winter depressive patients were evaluated for evidence of bipolar illness. Using the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Lifetime Version and the General Behavior Inventory, only nine (15%) could be considered bipolar. On prospective evaluation of patients during the summer following winter depression, few showed signs of manic or hypomanic symptoms. Also, few patients had a family history of bipolar illness. When patients were asked to evaluate symptoms of winter depression, lack of energy was found to be the most prominent feature of the syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-204
Number of pages9
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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White, D. M., Lewy, A. J., Sack, R. L., Blood, M. L., & Wesche, D. L. (1990). Is winter depression a bipolar disorder? Comprehensive Psychiatry, 31(3), 196-204.