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Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia reduces suicide wish

Studies show that self-reported insomnia and poor sleep quality are modifiable risk factors for suicide

 
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Treating sleep problems with cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia may reduce suicidal thinking. It reveals what researchers at Stanford University, USA.

Study results show that about 21% of participants with insomnia (65 of 303) reported having suicidal thoughts or desires over the past two weeks. Participation in group cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia produced a statistically significant reduction after treatment of suicidal ideation.

The treatment sessions were conducted weekly until the end of treatment with two sessions, which were carried out fortnightly.

According to the authors, a growing body of evidence suggests that self-reported insomnia and poor sleep quality are modifiable risk factors for suicide. Complaints of sleep are also listed among the major warning signs of suicide. However, no previous study had evaluated the impact of an intervention of sleep on suicidal ideation.

"This is the first study to show that a targeted intervention on sleep has a therapeutic effect on the risk of suicide specifically," said lead author Rebecca Bernert. "This suggests that a treatment focus on sleep disorders may have important implications for the prevention of suicidal behavior."

The study involved 303 patients between 18 and 88 years who joined a group cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia.

Questionnaires, which included a question about suicidal thoughts or were administered before and after treatment.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Insomnia    Suicide    Cognitive-behavioral therapy    Stanford University   
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