Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia
Long before the discovery of REM sleep, many observers of human behavior had suggested that there is an interrelationship between sleep and mental illness. The English neurologist Hughlings Jackson wrote, “Find out about dreams and you will find out about insanity.” Likewise Jung predicted, “Let the dreamer walk about and act like one awakened, and we have the clinical picture of dementia praecox.” And, Freud, after a long review of the postulated relationships between sleep and insanity wrote, “We shall be working towards an explanation of the psychoses while we are endeavoring to throw light on some of the mystery of dreams.” To paraphrase Frederick Snyder’s graceful expression of these views, “Troubled minds have troubled sleep, and troubled sleep causes troubled minds.”
KeywordsDepressed Patient Affective Disorder Sleep Deprivation Schizophrenic Patient Total Sleep Time
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