Magazine article Science News

Sleep-Disorders Quiz Awakens Interest

Magazine article Science News

Sleep-Disorders Quiz Awakens Interest

Article excerpt

An easily learned interview technique may enable mental health clinicians and researchers to diagnose sleep disorders more accurately and to distinguish primary sleep problems from those brought on by other psychiatric conditions, according to a study in the June AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

A research team at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiberg, Germany, developed the interview approach for sleep disorders based on the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. Clinicians currently lack a standard interview method for identifying sleep disorders.

"Development of a structured interview for sleep disorders fills a critical gap in our field," write psychiatrist Charles F. Reynolds III of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and his colleagues in an accompanying editorial. "It is potentially a useful clinical instrument for the office-based screening of patients with sleep disorders, as well as for sleep research."

Much controversy surrounds the definition of sleep disorders. The DSM divides these conditions into two general categories: disturbances in, the amount, quality, or timing of sleep, such as insomnia; and abnormal events that occur during sleep, such as repeated nightmares or sleepwalking. Many sleep-disorders specialists criticize DSM for ignoring physical ailments linked to sleep problems, and some prefer an alternative classification system that lists nearly 70 sleep disorders. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.