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Dr. Anne Germain, associate professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, provides an overview of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how sleep disturbances correlate with PTSD. Assessing sleep disorders in PTSD, as well as pharmacological and psychological treatments, are also discussed.


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Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify symptom clusters of PTSD
  • Describe sleep disturbances prevalent in adults with PTSD
  • Discuss the assessment of, and treatment options for, sleep disturbances

Reading Resources:

  1. Raskind, M.A., et al., A parallel group placebo controlled study of prazosin for trauma nightmares and sleep disturbance in combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Biol Psychiatry, 2007. 61(8): p. 928-34.
  2. Krakow, B., et al., Imagery rehearsal therapy for chronic nightmares in sexual assault survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA, 2001. 286(5): p. 537-45.
  3. Bryant, R.A., et al., Sleep disturbance immediately prior to trauma predicts subsequent psychiatric disorder. Sleep. 33(1): p. 69-74.


Dr. Germain has no relevant relationships with any entities producing healthcare goods or services.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hours.

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Release Date: 11/18/2011 | Last Modified On: 3/12/2014 | Expires: 3/12/2015

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