Everything Psychological is Biological
- Research initiated 15 years ago at University of Western Australia to test the theory that mental state is linked to autonomic nervous system (ANS), circadian and sleep disturbance.
- Morphological analysis of circadian heart rate waveforms (CHR) gives objective indications of “core” physiological differences between different forms of mental Illness such as anxiety and depression.
- All serious mental illness (SMI) are associated with ANS and wider neuro endocrine dysregulation (especially affective disorders) and abnormalities in circadian regulation.
- Evidence of the state-dependent relationship between psychiatric status and CHR has come from serial monitoring of patients undergoing treatment – from individuals monitored days, weeks, months and years apart.