Sleep apnea treatment may help some with depression

09/22/2005 | SeattlePI.com

While the common symptoms for depression, including fatigue, irritability and loss of interest in activities, are similar to the symptoms of sleep apnea, researchers say the treatment for sleep apnea -- continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP -- also can help patients with depression symptoms. Researchers say the treatment doesn't necessarily help all patients with depression, but they suggest that the two conditions can be confused with one another and patients and health care providers should discuss symptoms which might be suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea.

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