The sleepy patient: Evaluation and management

Richard P. Allen

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Problems of excessive sleepiness are common in our society, significant for psychological as well as medical treatment, and often denied or minimized by patients. In some cases this symptom indicates a life-threatening sleep disorder. Excessive sleepiness, when suggested by history, should, therefore, be carefully reviewed for differential diagnosis and for severity following procedures like those discussed below. Behavioral and psychological treatments are often the most appropriate initial intervention; a sleep disorders center consultation may be helpful. In more severe or special cases, a sleep disorders center referral is essential. Guidelines are presented to assist the clinical psychologist in treatment and/or referral of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-66
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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