October 5, 2016
Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders: Cause or Effect?Robert Stickgold, Ph.D.Associate Professor of PsychiatryBeth Israel Deaconess CenterHarvard Medical School
Most of the major psychiatric disorders, including all of the DSM-IV axis one disorders, list dysregulations of sleep as one of their defining characteristics. Invariably, the assumption has been that the sleep disorder is a consequence of the psychiatric disorder. But a range of studies now raises the question of the extent to which independent sleep disorders can contribute to, or even cause, psychiatric illness.
Studies of children w...