Concise Guide to Evaluation and Management of Sleep Disorders

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American Psychiatric Pub., 2002 - Medical - 273 pages
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Sleep disorders medicine has only recently come of age, as getting enough sleep-and getting restful sleep-has become more elusive than ever in today's fast-paced world. Despite being one of the most common complaints among psychiatric patients (170 sleep disorders are now identified), sleep disorders are still not included in most medical or health care--related curricula.

The third edition of this truly "pocket-sized" volume fills that void. Designed to provide the clinician with a practical approach to the differential diagnosis and effective treatment of sleep complaints and disorders and an up-to-date summary of sleep disorders medicine, this compact volume from American Psychiatric Publishing's "Concise Guides" series shows clinicians how to use a conceptual framework and decision trees to facilitate diagnosis.

In just eight easy-to-read chapters, the authors present the latest research and practice on sleep disorders. After an introductory overview, the next four chapters discuss the full range of individual sleep disorders (from nightmares, insomnia, and narcolepsy to hypersomnias such as Kleine-Levin syndrome and parasomnias such as sleepwalking and bruxism). Each disorder is organized by presenting complaints, clinical presentation, incidence, etiology and pathophysiology, laboratory findings, differential diagnosis, and treatment. The final three chapters detail specific medical symptoms and psychiatric disorders behind disordered sleep; pharmacological treatments; and sleep problems in children, the elderly, and women (in pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause).

Thoroughly referenced and illustrated, this fascinating work is intended for students, educators, and clinicians everywhere as they face the increasingly widespread challenge of successfully diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

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