Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Insomnia in Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses: A Preliminary Evaluation

Cynthia A Dopke*, Renanah Kaufman Lehner, Anita M. Wells

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Abstract

Chronic insomnia is a problem among individuals with serious mental illnesses. In an effort to expand treatment options, we examined whether well-established cognitive-behavioral treatments for insomnia developed for individuals in the general population generalize to those for people with serious mental illnesses. Individuals participated in comprehensive sleep evaluations and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Results suggest that sleep problems often began during periods of distress and/or exacerbation of illness but were maintained by environmental, behavioral, and cognitive factors. With the treatment, participants reported improvement in many sleep parameters. Initial indication is that cognitive-behavioral therapy does generalize. More rigorous research seems warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric rehabilitation journal
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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