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Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry: The Inseparable Two 

Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry: The Inseparable Two
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Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry: The Inseparable Two
Author(s):

Piyush Das

, Anoop Narahari

, and Amit Chopra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190929671.003.0001
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date: 23 June 2021

Psychiatry and sleep medicine are two peas in a pod perhaps due to shared underlying brain mechanisms. Traditionally, in psychiatric practice, sleep disturbance has been considered to be symptom of the psychiatric disorder. However, growing body of scientific evidence indicates that there is a bidirectional relationship between sleep and psychiatric disturbances. This chapter, as a prelude to the book, highlights landmark developments in the field of sleep medicine and its integration with psychiatry in the last century and opens the window to understanding the crucial relationship between these two specialties.

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