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Can mental illness be prevented?

Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That's what's suggested in a study led by Kai-Florian Storch, PhD, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, which has been published in the online journal eLife.
What I do know is that autistic people on all levels of the autistic spectrum do much better in a structured environment. I believe all humans require some structure in our life's. Anarchy is not productive.
Our daily sleep-wake cycle is governed by an internal 24-hour timer, the circadian clock. However, there is evidence that daily activity is also influenced by rhythms much shorter than 24 hours, which are known as ultradian rhythms and follow a four-hour cycle. Most prominently observed in infants before they are able to sleep through the night, ultradian rhythms may explain why, on average, we eat three meals a day that are relatively evenly spaced across our daily wake period.
These four-hour ultradian rhythms are activated dopamine, a key chemical substance in the brain. When dopamine levels are out of kilter -- as is suggested to be the case with people suffering from bipolar disease and schizophrenia -- the four-hour rhythms can stretch as long as 48 hours.
A novel hypothesis
Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150221192246.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

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Kravenhead
That was interesting, but if true for everyone, I should be mad as a hatter.

I feel more stressed when I do have schedules.

For example, I eat when I'm hungry, and not until I am, and I sleep when I'm tired.

Those activities rotate all around the clock for me.

Right now it's 4:20 AM Central Time and I may sleep in an hour or two, or even three or four.
It depends on when I get sleepy.

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Kravenhead
1730 day(s) ago
My routine is inconsistency.

What I like about that is, nothing can screw up my routine.

philosopher
1731 day(s) ago
I need routine. Most people do.

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