Author(s): Ivanenko A, Crabtree VM, Gozal D
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Abstract Although the exact nature of sleep disturbances present in children with psychiatric disorders has not been studied extensively, it is apparent that children with significant emotional and behavioral problems are more likely to experience sleep difficulties. Children with sleep-related issues that are limited to bedtime can be managed effectively with specific cognitive-behavioral interventions. Children with more pervasive anxiety (eg, PTSD or OCD, mood disorders such as major depression or bipolar disorder, or neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism) require a more exhaustive evaluation, and most of them also need sleep problems to be managed by sleep professionals using combinations of psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic approaches.
This article was published in Pediatr Clin North Am
and referenced in Pediatrics & Therapeutics