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Conclusions and Future Directions 

Conclusions and Future Directions
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Conclusions and Future Directions
Author(s):

Brian A. Sharpless

and Karl Doghramji

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199313808.003.0017
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date: 17 September 2019

This chapter summarizes the main suggestions for future work in sleep paralysis and isolated sleep paralysis that were derived from the preceding chapters. First, it emphasizes the need for more standardized assessment procedures and the derivation of empirically driven thresholds for diagnosis. Second, the relationships between isolated sleep paralysis and other medical/psychiatric conditions should be better established. Third, the range and extent of clinically significant manifestations of isolated sleep paralysis should be clarified in order to better inform treatment selection. Fourth, in addition to our proposed cognitive behavioral approach, more treatment options are needed. Fifth, researchers should use sleep paralysis as a means to explore causal links between anomalous experiences and anomalous beliefs. Finally, the culture specific sleep paralysis hallucinations could be viewed as cultural artifacts that are themselves worthy of exploration.

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