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Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry

Edited by Daniel J. Buysse, M.D.
Series Editors: John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., and Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

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Sleep and wakefulness are fundamental behavioral and neurobiological states that characterize all higher animals, including human beings.

Concise yet comprehensive, Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry, the latest volume in American Psychiatric Publishing's popular Review of Psychiatry Series, presents the cumulative experience of 12 experts who talk about what sleep is and why sleep is essential to maintaining good health, summarizing the major categories of sleep disorders and detailing how virtually every psychiatric disorder and a wide variety of medical illnesses adversely affect sleep.

Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry is the ideal companion to busy psychiatric clinicians because it is

  • Comprehensive, covering all information of particular relevance to psychiatric clinicians.
  • Enhanced by numerous tables and illustrations that make it easy to understand and reference while on the go during everyday practice.
  • Clearly structured and easy to understand, with chapters organized according to the major categories of sleep disorders most likely to be encountered in psychiatric clinical practice.

The fascinating introduction discusses the functions of sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation, including the complex neurobiology of circadian rhythms, sleep and wakefulness, the clinical assessment and management of sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, and the pros and cons of tools for taking an accurate history. Each of the six subsequent chapters in Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry follows the same format by detailing the definitions and clinical description, epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis, and treatment for a major category of sleep disorder: insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy and syndromes of central nervous system-mediated sleepiness, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.

Further, Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry provides psychiatrists with the tools necessary to embark upon exciting collaborations with specialists from other areas of clinical medicine (psychologists, pulmonologists, neurologists and surgeons). Given the importance of behavioral and psychopharmacologic interventions in managing sleep disorders, psychiatrists can often make valuable contributions to the care of medically ill patients with these conditions.

Abundantly referenced and illustrated, Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry is the ultimate practical resource for busy clinicians interested in the broad and growing field of sleep disorders.


  • Contributors
  • Introduction to the Review of Psychiatry Series
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Insomnia
  • Chapter 3. Sleep apnea
  • Chapter 4. Narcolepsy and syndromes of central nervous system—mediated sleepiness
  • Chapter 5. Restless legs syndrome
  • Chapter 6. Parasomnias
  • Chapter 7. Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • Index

About the Authors

Daniel J. Buysse, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the Clinical Neuroscience Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This book, written by many of the predominant sleep experts in the field, should become a staple reference in every psychiatrist's office since so many patients seen in those offices will be complaining of sleep difficulties. In fact, this book is not just for those interested in sleep issues in psychiatry, but for anyone interested in an overview of major sleep disorders. Each chapter reviews one of the major sleep disorders and clarifies the prevalence, the differential diagnosis, and the latest knowledge regarding treatment. Each chapter is easy to read and follow. This book will help the health care professional help all the millions of people complaining of difficulty sleeping.—Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

A basic knowledge of sleep medicine is necessary in the current practice of psychiatry. Untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and insomnia, may lead to psychiatric symptoms. Psychiatric illness, particularly mood and anxiety disorders, frequently lead to sleep disturbance. Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry focuses directly on the important interface of these two clinical areas. Dr. Buysse and the other contributors to this text provide a valuable, up-to-date review of the most common sleep disorders, their evaluation and management, and their relevance for patients with psychiatric disorders.—David N. Neubauer, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center

Insomnia and daytime sleepiness represent some of the most commonly encountered complaints in psychiatric patients. These complaints, their causes, differential diagnoses, and management strategies and masterfully reviewed and updated in Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry, edited by Daniel J. Buysse M.D. Although the work is comprehensive in scope, the authors, who represent some of the most notable psychiatrists in the field of sleep disorders medicine, elaborate upon the most commonly encountered syndromes, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, the parasomnias, and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. They offer to us an evidence-based work, which is rich in clinical relevance. This book is a must-read for every practicing psychiatrist.—Karl Doghramji, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Director, Sleep Disorders Center, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ever increasing evidence regarding the impact of sleep disorders on emotional, behavioral, and neurocognitive function underscores the importance of sleep disorders to the practice of psychiatry. In this volume, Dr. Buysse and colleagues have effectively synthesized state-of-the-art information regarding the presentations, complications, and management of major sleep disorders, particularly as they pertain to psychiatry. The information offered in these chapters will enhance the clinical effectiveness of all mental health professionals.—Michael J. Sateia, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Chief, Section of Sleep Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Sleep problems are perhaps the most common complaints cutting across all psychiatric settings. The practitioner needs to separate those sleep problems which are intrinsic to psychiatric disorders from those which are primary sleep disorders, and must manage each. Sleep Disorders and Psychiatry provides context and practical information to accomplish these tasks.—W. Vaughn McCall, M.D., M.S., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

This is one of many relevant topics that have been updated in the Review of Psychiatry series. This volume is lucid and complete. It is an excellent addition to the library of psychiatrists needing a reference or update of sleep medicine.—Doody's Book Review Service, 11/1/2005

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