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Depression and insomnia

Millions of Americans suffer from depression. This mental condition can have many effects, such as impacting a person's: drive, ability to interact with others and ability to handle stress. These impacts can make working challenging and potentially even an impossibility. Thus, depression can be a truly life-altering mental condition.

Many individuals who suffer from depression also suffer from insomnia. According to the New York Times, over half of depression sufferers have insomnia. A report that was recently released by a research team indicates that, for individuals who have both conditions, having their insomnia effectively treated could greatly increase their chances of fully recovering from their depression.

The research team is working on a study that is one of four that are looking at what impacts a talk therapy treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia has on individuals who suffer from both insomnia and depression. The studies are nearing their finish and their publishing is expected to occur sometime in 2014.

According to the research team's report, in their study, they found that the individuals whose insomnia was resolved through the talk therapy treatment had about double the chance of their depression resolving as the individuals whose insomnia remained. These results indicate that effective insomnia treatment could potentially play a major role in helping to treat depression.

It will be very interesting to see if the findings from the other three studies back up the findings from this one, as such findings, if properly backed up, could potentially have a significant impact on how depression is treated.

Source: The New York Times, "Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression," Benedict Carey, Nov. 18, 2013

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