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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|
|State||Published - 1995|
- aggressive behavior
- schedule disorder