CHAPTER 24

 

SLEEP DISORDERS

 

 

 

Although many complex sleep disorders are listed in the DSM-IV for nomenclature completeness, most psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will deal primarily with only a few (e.g., insomnia, nightmare disorder, somnambulism). Such disorders as narcolepsy and sleep apnea (the latter often presenting with complaints of snoring or hypersomnia) usually should be referred to a sleep specialist. Their treatment is briefly summarized in this chapter. Child psychiatrists often see more patients with parasomnias than do clinicians who treat only adults, and should be generally familiar with their diagnosis and treatment.

DYSSOMNIAS

307.42 PRIMARY INSOMNIA

One should be conservative when considering treatment ...

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