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A number of long-term demographic studies have indicated that there is a longitudinal relationship between insomnia and depression.

Common Causes of Depression

Biology Genetics Gender Age

Health conditions

Changes and stressful events

Medications and substances

Criteria for the diagnosis of MDD (DSM-IV-TR). At least 1+2 and 5 of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-weeks period :

1. Mood depressive

2. Interest




Suicide Psychomotor disorders Sleep disorders

Appetite changes

People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

Difficulty falling asleep

Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep

Feeling tired upon waking

Waking up too early in the morning



Emotional or physical discomfort.

Environmental factors


Interferences in normal sleep schedule


early morning awakening s

an inability to fall back asleep

Insomnia and depression are two overlapping disorders.

New research shows that insomnia is not just a symptom of depression

Insomnia was typically seen as a symptom of depression

Depressed people suffer from insomnia

Risk of recurring depression is greater than that of patients who dont have insomnia.

So, insomnia may serve as a trigger for depression, but it also appears to perpetuate depression.

The latest findings have helped improve treatment strategies.

Treated with both an antidepressant and a sleep medication

than only with antidepressants.

A complex relationship exists between insomnia and depressive disorders. Treatment strategies should address both depressive symptoms and insomnia and should consider use of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies.




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