Comorbid Insomnia and Psychiatric Disorders: An Update

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Khurshid A. Khurshid, MD, FAASM

Dr. Khurshid is Clinical Associate Profressor and Chief of the Neuromodulation and Sleep Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainsville, Florida.

Innov Clin Neurosci. 2018;15(3–4):28–32

Funding: No funding was received for the preparation of this article.

Disclosures: The author has no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.

Abstract: Insomnia is a clinical problem of significant public health importance. Insomnia can be a symptom or harbinger of other psychiatric disorders. Insomnia can also be comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, thereby adding to the medical burden and increasing the risk of psychiatric relapse. Insomnia can also be associated with medical and neurological disorders. Some medications can also cause insomnia. Treatment of insomnia can lead to positive outcomes, not only by alleviating symptoms and moderating these comorbid disorders, but by preventing new episodes. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of the relationship between insomnia and psychiatric illness. This article reviews this relationship and provides recommendations for management.

Keywords: Insomnia, sleep disorder, psychiatric disorder, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder

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Category: Past Articles, Quality of Life, Review

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