The ecology of bipolar disorder: The importance of sleep.

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Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Although much of the emphasis in treating Bipolar Disorder patients is on pharmacotherapy, sleep loss is an important trigger for mania and plays an important role in the condition. The purpose of this paper is to fully explore the chronobiological, environmental, social, and genetic factors that contribute to the sleep disruption that is characteristic of mania and bipolar disorder. This review is important because sleep, chronobiology, and genetics are under-emphasized content areas in nursing education. As a result, many practicing nurses are unaware of the importance of sleep for mental health or what to teach patients to improve both the quality of their sleep and the management of their condition.

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Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26(7), 699-720.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Bipolar Disorder, Sleep loss, Pharmacotherapy

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