Psychiatric Disorders Key in Childhood Insomnia: Ask about Depression, Anxiety, and Somatization. Family History of Mental Illness Could Also Play Role
Wachter, Kerri, Clinical Psychiatry News
BALTIMORE -- Why anyone would want to "sleep like a baby" is beyond any parent who has ever faced a sleepless child night after night.
"Insomnia is actually a very common problem in children," Ann C. Halbower, M.D., co-director of the sleep and breathing disorders clinic at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said at a meeting on pediatric trends sponsored by Johns Hopkins University.
About 25% of children between 1 and 5 years old have trouble with bedtime or sleeping through the night, and the number of adolescents experiencing insomnia ranges between 5% and 17%.
The reasons for insomnia in children are many and complex, and there are several common traits to look for, Dr. Halbower said. Ask about depression, anxiety, and somatization. Find out if sleep quality …
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Publication information: Article title: Psychiatric Disorders Key in Childhood Insomnia: Ask about Depression, Anxiety, and Somatization. Family History of Mental Illness Could Also Play Role. Contributors: Wachter, Kerri - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 32. Issue: 11 Publication date: November 2004. Page number: 34. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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