Will Sleep Therapy Transform Treatment for Depression?

New research presented by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies indicates that treating insomnia among people with depression may dramatically boost rates of recovery. This is important news and could dramatically change and broaden treatment for millions of people who suffer the debilitating effects of depression. Where once insomnia and other sleep difficulties were regarded only as a consequence of depression, the sleep disorder is now increasingly recognized as also contributing to depression itself. It is true that depression can and often does interfere with sleep, but insomnia sharply elevates the risks of depression and other mood disorders, and also appears to raise the risk of suicide among depressed patients.

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