Lots of people say they have trouble sleeping. And 1 in 10 Americans has chronic insomnia.
Most often, sleep disorders are treated with medication. Between 6 and 10 percent of adults in the U.S. use sleeping pills. But a review of the medical evidence has found that therapy might help people with chronic sleep troubles just as much — or even more — than pills.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective for primary insomnia. That is, insomnia without medical cause. With primary insomnia, there is often some event that caused the individual to begin having trouble sleeping (e.g., a newborn). However, over time the brain starts to associate bed with a stressful place where no sleeping happens. The objective of CBT-I, then, is to reset this negative association and create a positive one.
If you have depression, you (or your doctor) may think of therapy and antidepressant drugs as alternative treatments that solve the same problem. But a new study supports the idea that each works a different way in the brain.
One of the most important discoveries in medicine these days is that drugs work differently for different people. This is true for antidepressants. More importantly, some aren’t meant to be taken long term and it’s possible to build immunity to others. That’s besides the side effects.
There is some indication that people who are taking medication while receiving therapy may attribute most of their improvement to the medication. Which is a problem if you then stop the medication.
So there are some reasons not to do both, although those reasons vary by person and condition.
The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.