A 38-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what is the difference between a night mare and terror?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Brad Bobrin
25 years experience Psychiatry
See below: A night terror is called a parasomnia or sleep associated disorder, it is not a dream but an effect of sleep probably related to faulty or immature autoniomic and limbic arousal...In adults it could signal some other brain issue. A nightmare might signal some uncomfortable unconsious issues but are considered dreams and as such not abnormal...Unless they bug you.
Answered on Jun 18, 2015
6
6 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Distinct Differences: Nightmares, dreams that evoke feelings of fear and horror, are considered normal. Night terrors, evoking feelings of dread or terror are considered a ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
Stages of Sleep: Nightmares are scary or disturbing dreams that occur during what is known as rem sleep, which is the part of sleep during which most dreams occur. Peo ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Bad dream/terror: They are the same.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Saradarian
33 years experience Family Medicine
Sleep walking: Sleep walking is neither a nightmare or a night terror. Night terrors generally occur in young children where they act terrified, screaming but do no ... Read More
4
4 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month