Comorbid Insomnia and Psychiatric Disorders: An Update

Innov Clin Neurosci. 2018 Apr 1;15(3-4):28-32.


Insomnia is a clinical problem of significant public health importance. Insomnia can be a symptom or harbinger of other psychiatric disorders. Insomnia can also be comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, thereby adding to the medical burden and increasing the risk of psychiatric relapse. Insomnia can also be associated with medical and neurological disorders. Some medications can also cause insomnia. Treatment of insomnia can lead to positive outcomes, not only by alleviating symptoms and moderating these comorbid disorders, but by preventing new episodes. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of the relationship between insomnia and psychiatric illness. This article reviews this relationship and provides recommendations for management.

Keywords: Insomnia; anxiety disorder; depression; psychiatric disorder; psychosis; schizophrenia; sleep disorder.

Publication types

  • Review