Disruption to the body’s internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say

Disruption to the body's internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say

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  1. Disruption to the body’s internal clock may put people at increased risk of mood disorders, scientists say.
  2. A Lancet Psychiatry study of 91,000 people found a disrupted body clock was linked with depression, bipolar disorder and other problems.
  3. The study found higher rates of major depression, bipolar disorder, more loneliness, lower happiness, worse reaction times and more mood instability in people with body-clock disruption.
  4. The body clock certainly exerts a powerful effect throughout the body.
  5. Mood, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism all fluctuate in a daily rhythm.
  6. “Prof Smith said:”The study tells us the body clock is really important for mood disorders and should be given greater priority in research and in way we organise societies.
  7. Dr Aiden Doherty, from the University of Oxford, said: “The study population is not ideal to examine the causes of mental health, given that 75% of disorders start before the age of 24 years.”

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