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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Treating insomnia in patients who suffer from depression can cure depression, that's the finding from a new study out of the University of Toronto.

It's estimated 18 million Americans suffer from depression every year. More than half of them have insomnia. If the results hold up, they will lead to major changes in the treatment of depression and insomnia.

Dr. Gary Levinson with the San Diego Sleep Center was not involved with the study. He says. "It's just a vicious circle that you have to break."

According to Dr. Harold Levinson:" The basic results of this study are compatible with clinical experience, although there may be hidden neurophysiological links between insomnia and depression yet to be discovered. I've always attempted to treat the insomnia in all my patients, irregardless of whether their primary diagnosis was depression, dyslexia, ADHD or anxiety. Fatigue decreases concentration which is a vital compensatory function for all the above disorders. In addition, re- establishing sleep cycles often helps normalize other cycles disrupted by many psychosomatic and the reverse--somatopsychic disorders."

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His "highly original" research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Levinson's concepts encompass the collective insights derived from the examinations, follow-up and successful treatment of over 35,000 children, adults and even seniors and have led to new methods of screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. His expanded theories appear capable of encompassing and/or explaining all reported symptoms as well as most other concepts and experimental data, thus resulting in a truly holistic perspective.

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