Parasomnias I

Anne Germain

in The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376203
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Parasomnias I


This chapter discusses the diagnostic criteria, etiologies, and differential diagnoses of nightmares in adults. Various methods and tools for the clinical assessment of nightmares are also presented. Emerging evidence suggesting the appropriateness of targeting nightmares as a primary comorbid sleep disorder in psychiatric disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder) is also discussed. Finally, available cognitive behavioral and pharmacological treatments for nightmares are reviewed. Future directions in investigating the pathophysiological and neurobiological underpinnings of nightmares and in developing effective therapeutic strategies across the life span are also discussed.

Keywords: nightmares; dreaming; sleep; sleep disorders; psychopathology

Article.  14637 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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