Sleep Medicine pp 339-344 | Cite as


  • Michelle M. Primeau
  • Joshua Z. Tal
  • Ruth O’HaraEmail author


Within the field of psychiatry, sleep dysfunction has traditionally been associated as an indicator of psychopathology. Over the past few decades, the understanding of sleep disorders has evolved to incorporate a more dynamic, bidirectional relationship with mood disorders. This chapter traces the progression of the psychiatric community’s grasp of sleep dysfunction within the context of mood issues. It includes a focus on depression in relation to primary sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome. The chapter ends with considerations for treatment in cases of sleep and mood comorbidities.


Insomnia Major depressive disorder Bipolar disorder Sleep-disordered breathing Narcolepsy Restless leg syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle M. Primeau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joshua Z. Tal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ruth O’Hara
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.VA MIRECC Fellowship ProgramVA Palo AltoPalo AltoUSA

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