Teen Sleep Disturbances Worsen Depression

For adolescents with depression who have comorbid sleep disturbances, the course of depression is more severe, regardless of the treatment they receive, in comparison with those whose sleep disturbances resolve, two new studies show.

“We know that there are affective consequences of sleep deprivation in adults, and sleep deprivation in adolescents — who are already vulnerable — might exacerbate their emotional vulnerabilities as well,” said study investigator Ellie McGlinchey, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City.

“So we wanted to see whether a reduction in sleep disturbances might moderate an improvement in depression in these two trials,” she added.

“In both studies, we found that the course of depression was much worse when sleep disturbances persisted, and we feel that sleep disturbances in depression may in fact represent a more severe, although common, form of depression among adolescents.”

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