Patients with narcolepsy type 1 frequently experienced depression, depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts and risk for suicide, especially those who have untreated narcolepsy, according to a report from Healio.

However, the researchers also found that treatment for narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) improved depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts.

“For decades, patients with narcolepsy have complained of depressive symptoms,” Lucie Barateau, MD, of CHU Montpellier in France, and colleagues wrote. “In addition, the presence of [a] clinically-defined major depressive episode, suicidal thoughts and suicide risks have been seldom investigated in NT1, although sleep disturbances are often associated with suicidality.”

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