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Sleep Disorders in Psychiatric Patients

A Practical Guide

Selsick, Hugh (Ed.)

2015, Approx. 400 p. 100 illus.

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  • About this book

  • Practical guide to the detection, assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in patients with a wide range of psychiatric conditions
  • Emphasis on the “how to” rather than the theoretical
  • Of value for sleep clinics and general practitioners as well as psychiatrists

Sleep disorders are common in the general population and even more so in patients with psychiatric illness. Psychiatric comorbidity adds a layer of complexity to treating any sleep disorder and, conversely, sleep disorders can complicate the treatment of psychiatric patients. It is therefore important for mental health practitioners to have a sound knowledge of sleep disorders, how they interact with mental health problems and how they are affected by psychiatric medication. The ability to screen for, assess and treat such disorders allows one to gain a fuller picture of the patient’s condition and opens up avenues for more complete and effective treatment of their psychiatric disorder.

This book is therefore designed to give psychiatrists a practical guide to the detection, assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. In addition to providing a thorough introduction to the major sleep disorders, it offers clear guidance on how to assess and manage these disorders in patients with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. The role of psychiatric medication and special considerations to be borne in mind when treating psychiatric patients are also addressed. Although it is aimed primarily at psychiatrists, this will also be a useful handbook for sleep clinics and general practitioners who frequently have to manage patients with both psychiatric and sleep disorders.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Circadian rhythm disorders - Insomnia - Nightmare Disorder - Psychopharmacology of Sleep Disoders - Sleep Disorders - Sleep Disorders in Psychiatry - Sleep in affective disorders - Sleep in anxiety disorders - Sleep in psychotic disorders - Sleep questionnaires

Related subjects » Clinical Psychology

Table of contents 

Basic principles: Normal sleep.- Range and classification of sleep disorders.- The relationship between sleep and psychiatry.- Effects of psychiatric drugs on sleep.- Assessment and treatment: Presentation of sleep disorders in psychiatric settings.- Taking a sleep history.- Using sleep questionnaires and scales.- Sleep investigations.- Insomnia: Epidemiology, subtypes and relationship to psychiatric disorders.- Insomnia: Pharmacological treatments.- Insomnia - Behavioural strategies.- Insomnia - Cognitive strategies.- Insomnia – Hypnotic Discontinuation.- Slow Wave Sleep Parasomnias.- Rem Behaviour Disorder.- Nightmare disorder.- Circadian rhythm disorders.- RLS & PLMS.- Narcolepsy/Hypersomnolence.- Sleep apnoea.​

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