Biological Rhythms and Depressive Disorders

  • Timothy H. Monk
Part of the The Depressive Illness Series book series (DISS, volume 3)

Abstract

It is increasingly recognized that, like most other creatures on this planet, Homo Sapiens is essentially a rhythmic being. Cycles with a period of about a day (circadian rhythms), less than a day (ultradian rhythms), and more than a day (infradian rhythms) have all been demonstrated in human psychology and physiology, and undoubtedly comprise an important aspect of depressive disorders. This chapter is concerned with the most dominant of these period domains, the circadian rhythms. Other domains are clearly important; the chapter after this one, for example, will be concerned extensively with the ultradian rhythmicity in REM sleep. For a discussion of the infradian rhythm of the menstrual rhythm the reader is recommended a recent book by Severino and Moline (1989).

Keywords

Circadian Rhythm Circadian System Biological Rhythm Seasonal Affective Disorder Social Rhythm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy H. Monk
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Chronobiology ProgramUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburghUSA

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