August 1984

Poetic Allusions to Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Berkshire Medical Center 725 North St Pittsfield, MA 01201

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1984;41(8):819. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1984.01790190093016

To the Editor.—  The description of seasonal affective disorder by Rosenthal et al1 fascinated me since many people who live in cold, northern climates talk about "the winter blues." Poets have described the seasonal recurrence of depressed mood and the changes of light during the winter months.Shelley, in Adonais, makes clear reference to recurring seasonal feelings of sadness:Ah woe is me! Winter is come and gone, But grief returns with the revolving year.

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