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A 21-year-old female asked:

I'm 21 and female. i have anxiety and depression. when i try to force sleep,i hear things that i no one does also can't move. please help i'm scared.

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You need medical: help. If you aren't already working with a psychiatrist - that is critical Please get help now.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
causes a phenomenon called sleep paralysis during which you cannot move and may see or hear things that no one else does. It is a very frightening experience and very difficult to snap out of. Often you will come out of it if touched. You may feel a need to cry out for help but be unable to make a sound. Tell your doctor about this and arrange to have a sleep study in consultation with a sleep spe
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Narcolepsy should have been the first word in that comment
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks Dr. Freisleben-Cook.
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Narcolepsy: causes a phenomenon called sleep paralysis during which you cannot move and may see or hear things that no one else does. It is a very frightening experience and very difficult to snap out of. Often you will come out of it if touched. You nmay feel a need to cry out for help but be unable to make a sound. Tell your doctor about this and arrange to have a sleep study in consultation with a sleep specialist
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Psychiatrist: I'm concerned about your symptoms and feel that a psychiatrist would be best qualified to evaluate and advise you about treatment. You need help as soon as possible as well as proper follow-up.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Narcolepsy causes a phenomenon called sleep paralysis during which you cannot move and may see or hear things that no one else does. It is a very frightening experience and very difficult to snap out of. Often you will come out of it if touched. You may feel a need to cry out for help but be unable to make a sound. Tell your doctor about this and arrange to have a sleep study in consultation with
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
a sleep specialist
Nov 30, 2014
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
Insomnia might be due to several different reasons. First have a complete physical exam by a Dr. to rule out underlying biological problem. If no problem consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy help & a Psychiatrist for medication. You need a sleep study.

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