Cognitive behavioral treatment for narcolepsy: Can it complement pharmacotherapy?

Hernán Andrés Marín Agudelo, Ulises Jiménez Correa, Juan Carlos Sierra, Seithikurippu R. Pandi-Perumal, Carlos H. Schenck

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Sleep medicine in general and psychology in particular have recently developed cognitive behavioral treatment for narcolepsy (CBT-N). Despite a growing interest in this topic, most studies since 2007 have reviewed CBT applications for other sleep disorders. Currently, 6 reviews have been published on narcolepsy, with an expert consensus being reached that CBT represented an important adjunctive treatment for the disease. The current paper reviews the need for CBT applications for narcolepsy by generalizing the application of multicomponent treatments and performing studies that extrapolate the results obtained from multicenter studies. Nineteen studies were found in which the need-for-treatment guidelines identified the use of CBT for narcolepsy. Three additional studies were identified that evaluated the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral measures and multicomponent treatments for which treatment protocols have been proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalSleep Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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© 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Brazilian Association of Sleep.


  • Behavior modification
  • Clinical formulation
  • Cognitive behavioral treatment
  • Narcolepsy
  • Non-pharmacological treatment


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