Agata Blaszczak-Boxe writes at LiveScience:
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A rare case of “seasonal” obsessive-compulsive disorder in a woman highlights the complexity of this mental health condition, researchers say. The woman’s OCD symptoms appeared every year when winter began, and then ended as the seasons shifted toward summer.
After living with the condition for a decade, the woman was treated at a clinic and recovered, the case report said.
Psychiatrists “do believe that there is a tie between times of the year and the exacerbation of illness,” said Dr. Howard L. Forman, an attending psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, who was not involved in the woman’s case.
Patients with other mental health conditions, such as depression, may also get worse in the winter and feel better again in the summer, Forman said.
The 41-year-old woman came to an outpatient clinic during the month of October.