It’s just another (possibly even manic?) Monday

Lovely write-up by Ben Goldacre on why the whole Blue Monday most-depressing-day-of-the-year stuff is utter bullshit. In essence:

  1. It apparently originates with a travel firm’s PR company feeding a formula to a not-very-distinguished scientist, who publishes it.
  2. If you dig into the scientific literature and actually look for evidence of any seasonal variation in, say, suicide or depression, you find nothing conclusive whatsoever — lots of contradictory reports, many of which point to the spring or summer as being worse, in fact.

Classic stuff. Welcome to the Delusional Race.