Full moon syndrome-fact or fiction - page 4

by madwife2002 23,178 Views | 47 Comments Senior Moderator

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 support our theory that the... Read More


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    Is it a spoof?

    It wasn't meant as a spoof but I know we all have opinions on whether it is true or not?

    I actually believe there is some truth around the 'full moon syndrome' but I don't have proof, I just believe
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    Fiction.
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    Quote from 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.
    Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. I've met people who really believe this, and from several of the comments in this thread it seemed that way here too. Maybe I am taking things too seriously. I'm not trying to scare you off from posting though. I'm sorry if I had that effect.
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    Quote from madwife2002
    Is it a spoof?

    It wasn't meant as a spoof but I know we all have opinions on whether it is true or not?

    I actually believe there is some truth around the 'full moon syndrome' but I don't have proof, I just believe
    Klone was responded to as if the topic was just a spoof and advised to lighten up and have a sense of humor. So it is hard to know how to respond to these things.

    My answer: no, there is no such phenomena as "full moon syndrome."
    My question: do nurses want to be taken seriously as professionals in the scientific community, or not?
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    The way I see it, if the moon can control the ocean, it can have an effect on people.

    We all feel the effects of unseen "forces". When someone is grumpy or acting "off", others nearby can feel it, can't they? We've all heard the statement "cut the tension with a knife" and I'm sure most of us can remember walking into a room and just feeling that something was wrong before presented with any evidence of it.

    Do I believe in full moons? Heck yes.
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    Quote from madwife2002
    Is it a spoof?

    It wasn't meant as a spoof but I know we all have opinions on whether it is true or not?

    I actually believe there is some truth around the 'full moon syndrome' but I don't have proof, I just believe
    ...and my grandmother didn't have proof but she was convinced if her nose itched she would have company. With 12 grown kids, 55 grandkids, and countless great-grandkids she was usually right that someone was going to visit soon.
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    YES. I do see these things happen. More falls, more elopements, more combative behavior, wandering at night & sleeping during the day...etc. W/ the coworkers, I just think its a reaction to the patients.
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    Study or not, there IS a definite behavior difference when there is a full moon. I work on a dementia floor and the residents act out much more during the full moon phase. They become more aggressive, physically and verbally. It makes me glad that I work on the day shift!
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    Klone was responded to as if the topic was just a spoof and advised to lighten up and have a sense of humor. So it is hard to know how to respond to these things.

    My answer: no, there is no such phenomena as "full moon syndrome."
    My question: do nurses want to be taken seriously as professionals in the scientific community, or not?
    Yes, I would like to see nsg professionally regarded in the scientific community. But while I can't prove the "full moon syndrome" theory, but I can't dis-prove it either. Maybe the correct research has yet to be conducted?!?! Maybe...???

    A big part of me believes it to be fiction, but it is a convenient excuse to explain workplace craziness when it occurs. However, it is believed that animals have some pre-existing or precognizant knowledge of impending natural catastrophic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. So why not a lunar effect on the human species??? Personally, I like to use the "drop in barometric pressure" theory; that is, things go crazy just before big weather events like blizzards and nor'easters.

    Like I said, it is an easy explanatory excuse. But don't cops say the same things too?
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    Lots and lots of research studies have proven this is all myth.

    Fun myth.

    But myth nonetheless.

    I'm not superstitious so this kind of stuff bugs me. I say I walk under ladders, break mirrors, throw away rabbits' feet, run over black cats, step on every single crack in the sidewalk, and say QUIET at work all the time. My luck isn't bad and my mom's back is still intact.

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