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Forum Name: Psychiatric Topics

Question: What if a patient falls asleep during a session?

 Katters - Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:09 pm

Hello, I'm sorry to post something like this here, but I'm writing a story and need to know what the proper procedure a psychiatrist is supposed to take if a patient falls asleep during therapy, and if that procedure is different if the therapy is mandatory or not.

Thank you very much, any help would be greatly appreciated.
 Dr. E. Seigle - Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:38 pm

Hi Katters,

The proper response would really vary with the context (eg, who the patient is, their history, diagnosis, etc). One would generally gently wake the patient, and ask them why they fell asleep (bad night's sleep, bored, using drugs, etc). Then, the appropriate response would depend on the reason as well as the whole clinical picture. The same initial thinking would apply whether the patient was mandatory or not.

Good luck!

-Eliot Seigle MD

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