Support was received from NIH NR010408 (WRP), NIH MH064528 (NLT), and the Veterans Administration Center of Excellence at Canandaigua, Canandaigua, NY (WRP & NLT). The views expressed by the authors are their own and do not represent the views of the National Institutes of Health or the Veterans Administration.
The effect of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression on insomnia symptoms in a cohort of women with sexual abuse histories†
Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2009 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Special Section: Innovations in Trauma Research Methods, 2008
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 634–638, December 2009
How to Cite
Pigeon, W. R., May, P. E., Perlis, M. L., Ward, E. A., Lu, N. and Talbot, N. L. (2009), The effect of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression on insomnia symptoms in a cohort of women with sexual abuse histories. J. Traum. Stress, 22: 634–638. doi: 10.1002/jts.20456
- Issue online: 21 DEC 2009
- Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2009
Insomnia frequently occurs with trauma exposure and depression, but can ameliorate with improvements in depression. Insomnia was assessed by the insomnia subscale of the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression in 106 women with childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and major depression receiving interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) in an uncontrolled pilot (n = 36) and an immediately subsequent randomized controlled trial (n = 70) comparing IPT to treatment as usual. Depression improved in each study and in both treatment conditions; insomnia had smaller, nonsignificant improvements. Overall, 95 women (90%) endorsed insomnia on the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV at baseline and, of those, 90% endorsed insomnia following treatment. Despite improvements in depression, insomnia persists for most women with CSA.