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(p. 164) The Unified Protocol for Insomnia Disorder 

(p. 164) The Unified Protocol for Insomnia Disorder
(p. 164) The Unified Protocol for Insomnia Disorder

Jacqueline R. Bullis

and Shannon Sauer-Zavala

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date: 09 May 2021

Sleep disturbance is a frequent complaint, both in isolation and in the context of other conditions, such as depression and anxiety. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) was designed to be applicable to any disorder characterized by nonacceptance of negative emotions and subsequent attempts to suppress or avoid the emotional experience. This chapter provides a rationale for why the UP may be an appropriate treatment for sleep difficulties like insomnia. We will provide an introduction to insomnia, including the defining characteristics and a review of the relevant literature. Next, we discuss how to conceptualize the maintaining processes in insomnia from a transdiagnostic perspective, and then utilize a case example of a patient who was successfully treated for insomnia with the UP. Finally, we review in detail how core treatment skills were implemented to address sleep disturbance in the context of comorbid anxiety and mood difficulties.

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