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Sleep disorders in children and adolescents 

Sleep disorders in children and adolescents
Sleep disorders in children and adolescents

Gregory Stores

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date: 27 January 2022

It was argued in Chapter 4.14.1 that sleep disorders medicine should be viewed as an integral part of psychiatry, whatever the age group of patients, because of the various close connections between sleep disturbance and psychological disorders seen in clinical practice. This is certainly the case regarding child and adolescent psychiatry in view of the high rates of psychiatric disorder of which sleep disturbance is often a part, and also the frequent occurrence of sleep disorders in young people with potentially serious developmental effects of a psychological and sometimes physical nature. The temptation to view children's sleep disorders as merely transitory problems, mainly in infancy, encountered by many parents and of no lasting or serious significance, should be resisted. This may be true for some families but is frequently not the case in others. The following account summarizes sleep disorders in childhood and adolescence. Familiarity is assumed with the earlier accounts of sleep disorders in adults (4.14.1), including the introduction to that section which covers basic aspects of sleep and other fundamental issues.

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