Selecting a Treatment Strategy

  • Michael M. Stevenson
  • Marsha K. Weinstein
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Patients complaining of insomnia are a fairly heterogeneous group, with multiple factors causing and maintaining their sleeplessness. We find it helpful in selecting an optimal treatment strategy to understand insomnia from the patient’s perspective. Understanding how insomnia has been conceptualized, what coping strategies have been selected, and the role it has come to play in the patient’s life provides useful information as to how insomnia can best be treated. The patient’s own selection of a coping strategy is often determined by how the insomnia is perceived and evaluated. This is partly a function of the patient’s belief system about his or her ability to sleep and to function without sleep.


Coping Strategy Sleep Disorder Sleep Problem Stimulus Control Total Sleep Time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael M. Stevenson
    • 1
  • Marsha K. Weinstein
    • 1
  1. 1.North Valley Sleep Disorders CenterMission HillsUSA

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