Treating Sleep Disorder Improves Psychiatric Outcomes
Features Umesh Vyas, MD, Mayo Clinic
A new study suggests that treating sleep disorders, and sleep apnea in particular, is associated with improvement over baseline in symptoms of comorbid psychiatric disorders.
"There is a strong need for prospective studies" to further define this relationship, Umesh Vyas, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center in the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota, told a press conference here.
The results were presented at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA's) 2012 Annual Meeting.
In a separate report, Abid Malik, MD, medical director of the Adult Unit A and of the Sleep Disorder Center at South Seminole Hospital of Orlando Health and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, in Orlando, reviewed the literature on sleep parameters, in this case, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep latency, in patients with anxiety disorders to see whether this may provide a biological biomarker, as has been shown previously with major depression.
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