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Overcoming Insomnia, Therapist Guide

Jack D. Edinger and Colleen E. Carney
978-0-19-536589-4, Paperback, February 2008
Book Description

Over one third of the adult population reports experiencing insomnia at some time. Whether it is transient, intermittent, or chronic, insomnia can reduce a person"s quality of life. While medication can be helpful, it often has significant side effects. Unlike pharmacological approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapy has been shown to yield longterm improvements for those who suffer from lack of sleep.

This therapist guide outlines a safe and effective treatment that targets the behavioral and cognitive components of insomnia. The program described focuses on educating the patient about sleep, addressing unhelpful beliefs about sleep, teaching ways to eliminate sleep-disruptive habits, and calculating the patient"s ideal time in bed. This time-limited treatment can be successfully delivered to patients in as little as two sessions. It is ideal for helping not only those individuals with insomnia, but also those that experience sleeplessness comorbid with a psychological or medical disorder.

Complete with chapters on assessment and troubleshooting, this guide provides you with step-by-step instructions for delivering treatment. Lists of materials needed, session outlines, sample dialogues, and case examples make it that much easier for you to work together with your patients to help them get the rest they need.

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