Full moon syndrome-fact or fiction - page 2

For years, we (in the nursing profession) have identified an increase in full moon personality changes among our patients and co-workers. None of them for the better! Yet research does not... Read More

  1. by   DebblesRN
    In my experience, it hasn't been the amount of patients that was the problem during the full moon, or the degree of sickness. It was the TYPE of patients that came in during the full moon.

    I always see more mean, crazy, drunk/drug addict, and stupid people during the full moon than at any other time of the month. LOL

    Agreeing with Esme12--after 17 years working at some capacity in health care, I don't need the statistical data. I have hard evidence every month. LOL
  2. by   turnforthenurse
    From my experience, the craziness that ensues with a full moon happens about three to four days before the actual full moon and also a day after. Most of the time working I don't notice a difference if I work on the night of a full moon.
  3. by   akita_mommy
    I'm assuming these studies weren't done by a night shift nurse in LTC!
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Where do you think the word lunatic comes from????
  5. by   echoRNC711
    Hmmm....I really don't know, Yet, If the word lunatic has its origin in the moon itself (lunar ) then maybe it merits consideration.

    We used to buy a cake every Friday in CVRU and called it Freaky Friday . Hey, any excuse, right?
    Well, Collectively we agreed to "ban " Freaky Friday, because for several Friday's in a row pt kept crashing. Not just one but in a huge chain like reaction.
    Was there any correlation? Yeah, I think so , simply because we believed in it .It really doesn't matter if it is fact or fiction all that matters is the belief to make it so. I am wondering is that any different from a pt who "believes " he will be well and therefore succeeds despite his dismal prognosis .

    So stretching us all a little.....if Freaky Friday ,or full moons can manifest the result we expect....perhaps we are more powerful than we know?
    Or, we can look agree with science and say there is no correlation, that the patient's are mad every day, (but by some grace of God we only catch on to this once a month.) Personally I'm going with I believe in the full moon theory because if I don't then it means the lunatics are running the asylum EVERYday and there isn't enough cake in the world to "wake me up " to that truth.
    Last edit by echoRNC711 on Oct 26, '12 : Reason: typo
  6. by   klone
    It's called "confirmation bias"

    Here's a good article about it

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...-the-full-moon
    Last edit by klone on Oct 26, '12
  7. by   jpriley
    I taught school for 19 years, and definitely there is something to full moon behavior in the classroom. Don't know about nursing yet because I am just starting out, but I would believe it. Bet police think there is more activity around the full moon too.
  8. by   kythe
    Quote from DebblesRN
    In my experience, it hasn't been the amount of patients that was the problem during the full moon, or the degree of sickness. It was the TYPE of patients that came in during the full moon.

    I always see more mean, crazy, drunk/drug addict, and stupid people during the full moon than at any other time of the month. LOL

    Agreeing with Esme12--after 17 years working at some capacity in health care, I don't need the statistical data. I have hard evidence every month. LOL
    Sorry, you don't have "hard evidence" of these things. This is still opinion. You can't measure "mean, crazy, and stupid people", though someone could do a study on drunks and drug addicts. But no real study has ever supported the idea that the moon affects people's behavior.

    I'm too much into astronomy to let this kind of thing pass. It bothers me when educated people believe stuff like this.

    But speaking of legends, some say its the new moon or "dark of the moon", not the full moon, that causes people's behavior to be unpredictable. It's all in which stories you choose to believe.
  9. by   GeneralJinjur
    Some of my most peaceful evenings in the psych hospital are during a full moon. When all heck is breaking loose, I never have time to look out the window.
  10. by   wooh
    Quote from wooh
    Here is where people start talking about how smart they are, because we all just have a selective memory, so we remember crazy on full moons/Friday the 13th/after someone says the Q-word (quiet) but there's no real difference.
    Like I said, here is where people come and show off their smarts.

    Come on confirmation bias people, does it hurt ANYONE to have fun with this? Just because we're educated professionals, it doesn't mean we have to be boring too.
  11. by   Elladora
    Quote from wooh
    Come on confirmation bias people, does it hurt ANYONE to have fun with this? Just because we're educated professionals, it doesn't mean we have to be boring too.
    Agreed!
  12. by   DebblesRN
    Well goodness, is it the full moon yet where you live, because your attitude is STELLAR!!

    Get a sense of humor. We are only half serious.

    My comment wasn't meant to rile anyone up or get the evidence based practice police on high alert. Of course I don't have "hard evidence." I don't find it important enough to keep a log, or measure mean, crazy, or stupid. I am well aware it is just my opinion.

    Yeah, this kind of stuff is why I don't post here often.

    Quote from kythe
    Sorry, you don't have "hard evidence" of these things. This is still opinion. You can't measure "mean, crazy, and stupid people", though someone could do a study on drunks and drug addicts. But no real study has ever supported the idea that the moon affects people's behavior.

    I'm too much into astronomy to let this kind of thing pass. It bothers me when educated people believe stuff like this.

    But speaking of legends, some say its the new moon or "dark of the moon", not the full moon, that causes people's behavior to be unpredictable. It's all in which stories you choose to believe.
  13. by   madwife2002
    Think of all the music connected to the moon

    "Bad moon rising" I love this song! I sing it when the full moon is approaching! LOL

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