Nearly 150 people taking antidepressants had more robust alleviations of their depression after participating in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI), according to research discussed at a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society and reported in Psychiatric News. In another study discussed at the same meeting, nearly 90 percent of veterans who learned CBTI “fell below the threshold for clinical insomnia” after one month, according to Psychiatric News.
The study of veterans included 21 people who learned CBTI in group sessions. According to Psychiatric News, the researchers reported that, “Group-based CBTI represents a promising modality that can deliver durable improvements in sleep and overall mental health symptoms, even among veterans with complex clinical histories.”
Improving Sleep May Benefit Psychiatric Disorders (Psychiatric News, August 14, 2014. DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2014.8b19)