Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives by Karl DoghramjiSleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives by Karl Doghramji

Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives

byKarl DoghramjiEditorBrian Sharpless

Paperback | July 3, 2015

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Humans throughout history have described a peculiar state between wakefulness and sleep during which they are consciously aware of their surroundings, but physically paralyzed. Sleep paralysis is also commonly accompanied by high levels of fear, feelings of suffocation, and hallucinations(i.e., waking dreams). Early interpretations of this event were that it was an actual attack by malevolent and supernatural entities such as demons, ghosts, or witches. Some of these beliefs persist to the present day in the form of nocturnal visitations by extraterrestrials and shadow people.Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives offers the first comprehensive examination of sleep paralysis from scientific and cultural perspectives. Drs. Brian Sharpless and Karl Doghramji synthesize the many literatures while providing practical guidance for the diagnosisand treatment of sleep paralysis. Included are medication suggestions and a new psychotherapy manual for mental health professionals. The result is a volume that illuminates the cultural, medical, and intellectual importance of this understudied phenomenon.
Brian Sharpless, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychology Clinic at Washington State University. Karl Doghramji, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University; a Medical Director at Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center; and Program Director at Fellowship in Sleep...
Title:Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgments1. What are Sleep Paralysis and Isolated Sleep Paralysis2. Should Sleep Paralysis be more Frequently Assessed In Research Studies and Clinical Practice?3. The History of Sleep Paralysis in Folklore and Myth4. Sleep Paralysis in Art and Literature5. Early Medicine and the "Nightmare"6. Sleep Paralysis: Typical Symptoms and Associated Features7. Prevalence of Sleep Paralysis8. Sleep Paralysis and Medical Conditions9. Sleep Paralysis and Psychopathology10. Theories on the Etiology of Sleep Paralysis11. Diagnostic Criteria, Diagnostic Issues, and Possible Subtypes of Sleep Paralysis12. Review of Measures Used to Assess Sleep Paralysis13. Differential Diagnosis of Sleep Paralysis14. Folk Remedies for Sleep Paralysis15. Psychosocial Approaches to the Treatment of Sleep Paralysis16. Psychopharmacology for Sleep Paralysis17. Conclusions and Future DirectionsAppendix A. Terms for Sleep ParalysisAppendix B. Fearful Isolated Sleep Paralysis InterviewAppendix C. A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Manual for Recurrent Isolated Sleep Paralysis: CBT-ISPAppendix D. An Adherence Measure for CBT-ISP

Editorial Reviews

"In this fine collaboration, Sharpless and Doghramji explore the long history of a frightening intermittent sleep disorder we now recognize as one of the symptoms of the narcolepsy tetrad. The authors recognize a larger group who experience sleep paralysis as an isolated phenomenon. These present differently in different historical and cultural contexts from being possessed through witchcraft to being kidnapped by space invaders. Beyond the enjoyment of reading this book, the authors offer detailed treatment programs for those suffering from this disorder and extensive references to encourage further diagnostic recognition and treatment outcome research." --Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, FAASM Professor Emeritus, Rush University Medical Center