Investigating the association between depressive symptoms and complaints in different seasons

Daniela Bergesch D’Incao Marina Bento Gastaud About the authors

Depression involves many losses in individuals’ lives. These can vary from the incapacity to work, relationship problems and harmed well-being. This study investigated if there is association between depressive symptoms and depressive complaints and the season in which patients seek care in a mental health institution.


We conducted a cross and documentary study with adult and elderly patients in outpatient multidisciplinary clinic in Porto Alegre, RS.


No association was found between depressive complaint and depressive symptoms with the season. Despite this, the search for psychotherapy because of depressive disorder was associated with age, family income, sex and source of referral.


Even not having found an association between abuse and depressive symptoms with the season in which the patient sought care, this study gathered relevant and important data to consider in future studies.

depression; seasonal affective disorder; reason for consultation; seasons

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