Letter to the Editor: Comment on ‘Acute Impact of Immediate Release Methylphenidate Administered Three Times a Day on Sleep in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder’

The study reported on in the article “Acute impact of immediate release methylphenidate administered three times a day on sleep in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (Corkum, Panton, Ironside, Macpherson, & Williams, 2008) found a significant reduction in total sleep time of almost an hour with medication compared to the no…

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Depression in Long Term Care

This presentation was given on 2008-11-17 at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry Conference Series, and on 2008-11-20 to the Head Nurses at Ste. Anne’s Hospital. It had previously been presented to staff of CSSS Cavendish on 2008-10-8, at Centre d’Accueil Henri-Bradet. Download a pdf of the slides and…

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Does too much sleep cause depression?

Presented at Ste. Anne’s Hospital 2006-5-9 and on 2006-6-1. Some proverbs about sleep: “One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two hours after.”
—John Rays (1627-1705): A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs, 1670 “Plough deep while sluggards sleep.”
—Benjamin franklin (1706-1790): Maxim prefixed to Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1757 “The early bird catches…

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Affective disorders, sleep patterns, and treatment implications

Affective Disorders, Sleep Patterns, and Treatment Implications Problem issues in treatment of affective disorders Only 60-70% of depressed patients respond to antidepressants (in carefully done studies). The clinical reality is worse. In some patients, antidepressants worsen agitation, may increase suicidality We still don’t understand what causes depression, or how antidepressant…

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Are insomniacs sleep deprived?

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette. Every couple of weeks or so, there appears an article about sleep, most recently “A mounting sleep debt is nothing to yawn about” (Gazette 2002-12-03) Typically, the authors decry the high prevalence of insufficient sleep, the deleterious effects of sleep deprivation, the…

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