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Two Patients with Narcolepsy Treated by Hypnotic Psychotherapy.

Weidong, Wang; Fang, Wang; Yang, Zhao; Menghan, Lv; Xueyu, Lv. (Dec 2009). Two Patients with Narcolepsy Treated by Hypnotic Psychotherapy. Sleep Medicine, Vol 10(10), 1167.

Narcolepsy is a primary sleep disorder characterized by uncontrollable and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with one or all of the following: cataplexy, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and nocturnal sleep disturbance. To our knowledge there is no report in the literature of narcolepsy being successfully treated by pure hypnosis and psychotherapy. We now report two such patients. Two boys, 15 and 17 years old, complained of uncontrollable excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), frequent cataplexy triggered by laughter, hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis for the past 5 years. Based on these limited observations, we suggest that hypnotherapy should be considered in those with strong psychological factors associated with narcolepsy-cataplexy, particularly in children and adolescents. This will obviate use of multiple stimulants, sodium oxybate and antidepressants, which are often associated with undesirable consequences without necessarily curing or significantly improving the condition.

David Hartman, MSW, The Wellness Institute, 3716-274th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA

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Title Annotation:Sleep disorders
Author:Hartman, David
Publication:Journal of Heart Centered Therapies
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2010
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