Case Study: Sleep and Aggressive Behavior in a Blind, Retarded Adolescent. A Concomitant Schedule Disorder?

Avi Sadeh, Margaret Klitzke, Thomas F. Anders, Christine Acebo

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Abstract

Blind people are prone to suffer from sleep-wake schedule disorders. This report describes 2 months of monitoring of sleep patterns and aggressive behaviors In a totally blind, severely retarded adolescent boy, hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital. The documented sleep-wake patterns seem to portray a sleep-wake schedule disorder with a monthly periodicity. Aggressive behaviors seem to echo the same periodicity, suggesting that a common or linked biobehavioral timing mechanism may underlie both sleep and episodic aggressive outbursts. The need to consider sleep schedule disorders as a primary process underlying some psychopathological disorders, and the related risks of misdiagnosis and mistreatment, are highlighted. J. Am. Acad. Child Adolesc. Psychiatey, 1995, 34, 6:820–824.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-824
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • aggressive behavior
  • blindness
  • retardation
  • schedule disorder
  • sleep

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