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The View of Psychologists on the Treatment of Insomnia in Patients with Mood Disorders

Hesker, Victoria (2023) The View of Psychologists on the Treatment of Insomnia in Patients with Mood Disorders.

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Abstract:Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is highly prevalent among individuals with psychological disorders, especially those suffering from mood disorders such as major depression and bipolar disorder. The most common treatment options include pharmacological treatment or cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). This qualitative study aimed to evaluate the extent to which psychologists report to carry out insomnia treatment in patients with mood disorders. The purpose was to explore their views and methods, as well as potential ideas on how the treatment for these patients could be improved in the future. Throughout 10 semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists were asked to share their attitudes, methods, and ideas on this topic. The thematic analysis showed that there were differences regarding the participants’ openness towards pharmacological treatment options and that all participants reported making use of CBT-I methods during the treatment. Furthermore, the majority of participants expressed feeling unsatisfied with the expert training and education in this field. They shared ideas on how the treatment of those patients could be improved, such as by offering education about sleep problems for the general population, group therapy for patients with insomnia, or a CBT-I expert in every clinic. The outcomes contribute to a deeper understanding of the current practices that are applied in healthcare and the factors that influence the decision-making of psychologists.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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