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What is the relationship of insomnia and depression?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Both ways

The relationship can work both ways, as each can cause and/or exacerbate the other. Many people who suffer from primary insomnia will become depressed (varying degrees of sleep deprivation can induce psychiatric symptoms that mimic many disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to psychosis).
On the other hand, insomnia is a common symptom of depression.

In brief: Both ways

The relationship can work both ways, as each can cause and/or exacerbate the other. Many people who suffer from primary insomnia will become depressed (varying degrees of sleep deprivation can induce psychiatric symptoms that mimic many disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to psychosis).
On the other hand, insomnia is a common symptom of depression.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
I think primary insomnia that lasts for weeks is relatively rare. I suggest looking for the underlying causes and treating them. Most common causes are poor sleep hygiene, anxiety, depression, stress.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

Sleep deprivation can cause depressive symptoms and depression can interfere with quality sleep.
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In brief: Depression

Sleep deprivation can cause depressive symptoms and depression can interfere with quality sleep.
Best.
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: This what they say

Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand.
Although just 15% of people with depression sleep too much, as many as 80% have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Patients with persistent insomnia are more than three times more likely to develop depression.

In brief: This what they say

Insomnia and depression often go hand-in-hand.
Although just 15% of people with depression sleep too much, as many as 80% have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Patients with persistent insomnia are more than three times more likely to develop depression.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Insomnia

One common symptom of depression is insomnia.
Difficulty falling asleep can be result of mild depression. Difficulty staying asleep can be major or clinical depression.

In brief: Insomnia

One common symptom of depression is insomnia.
Difficulty falling asleep can be result of mild depression. Difficulty staying asleep can be major or clinical depression.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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