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o Explain to interested patients that depression and sleep disturbances are often seen together in adults, and this study suggests that same is true for children.

o Explain that more serious sleep disturbances among children in the study were shown to be associated with more severe symptoms.

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 2 -- Poor sleep is a frequent companion of depression in children, according to researchers here.

Just like in adults, sleep disturbances and depression go hand in hand in children, reported Xianchen Liu, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, in the Jan. 1 issue of Sleep.

In research conducted as part of a larger study in Hungary, Dr. Liu and colleagues found that 72.7% of 553 children with a current depressive episode also reported a sleep disturbance.

For full article, please visit:
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/depression/article/10168/53281

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