Study debunks moon-mental health link

A full moon, August 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

A full moon, August 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)


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Anyone who's skeptical about the old belief that the moon can drive you nuts has support from a new study out of Montreal.

A team of doctors and psychologists logged hundreds of hospital visits and compared them with phases of the moon.

The researchers found that while diminishing daylight can send people into a funk, moonlight is a non-factor.

Their article, published in a recent edition of General Hospital Psychiatry, summarizes an analysis of 771 patients who suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorders or suicidal thoughts.