Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression

A team of researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto found that 87 percent of patients who resolved their insomnia with talk therapy sessions, rather than drug therapy, also saw their depression symptoms dissolve.  After eight weeks of treatment for insomnia, either with an antidepressant drug or a placebo pill, depressed patients improved at almost twice the rate of those who could not shake their insomnia. Those numbers are in line with a previous pilot study of insomnia treatment conducted at Stanford University. If the figures continue to hold up, the advance will be the most significant in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987.

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