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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Could sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Could sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Sleep deprivation : Sleep hygiene is extremely important for everyone but particularly for patients with a mental illness - prolonged sleep deprivation can trigger manic symptoms , lead to confusion. Disorientation and yes could exacerbate psychosis. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Can pregnancy sleep patterns indicate the future onset postpartum depression?

Not necessarily: I need to have more information what you mean. If you aren't able to sleep (insomnia or early morning wakening with difficulty falling back to sleep) that may be a sign that some depression is starting. However, many pregnant women may have difficulty getting comfortable especially as they get larger or have to awaken to use the bathroom. So i would advise you to discuss this with your ob-gyne. ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc 
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Night terrors: From experience teaching Planned Dream Intervention to over 35,000 people world-wide, I most strongly recommend learning this skill over any medication. When you have disturbing experiences you are going to have unusual or frightening content in your dreams but there is no validity to dream interpretation. My No More Nightmares class teaches clients how to sleep through their dreams-without drugs! ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxietyor depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can the negative effects of sleep deprivation last restoration of normal sleep patterns?

Can the negative effects of sleep deprivation last restoration of normal sleep patterns?

Unfortunately yes: Yes, chronic sleep deprivation that is often more than the definition of 3 months but rather 5-10years, can have long-lasting effects even after sleep has been better regulated. Not to fear because most do improve if not go away. ...Read more

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Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Yes: That can occur and antiseizure meds would help. A sleep study with an expanded montage (more eeg leads) would be the way to evaluate it, or a several day ambulatory eeg. ...Read more

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What causes restless sleep in pregnancy?

What causes restless sleep in pregnancy?

Multiple causes.: There are a number of changes in the body during pregnancy that can affect your comfort and lead to insomnia and restlessness. The increased Progesterone creates a persistent feeling of being short of breath. The increasing hormone levels can lead to nausea. The eventual presistent feeling of your baby moving inside can be disruptive to your ability to rest and relax, as can the enlarging uterus. ...Read more

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Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Sleep and mood disor: Sleep and mood disorders are often a vicious cycle. Either can cause either, or they could both be caused by something else. A good assessment from a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders can help you find answers and solutions. ...Read more

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What common sleep disturbances to women experience in pregnancy?

What common sleep disturbances to women experience in pregnancy?

Lots of issues: Pregnancy can can lead to insomnia, sleepiness, restless legs syndrome and even sleep apnea. Many sleep disturbances are in the later part of the pregnancy. Treatment is possible but limited. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Help plz! Can sleep deprivation cause psychosis in a schizo-affective person?

Definitely. : If one has schizo affective disorder, this is not infrequently associated with lack of sleep. This lack of sleep will magnify the personality disorder. If anyone does not get enough sleep this can at some point become a psychosis. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea over time cause my symptoms of low t level low sperm count , hyperhydrosis, sleepiness, constipation, anxiety, depression.?

Can sleep apnea over time cause my symptoms of low t level low sperm count , hyperhydrosis, sleepiness, constipation, anxiety, depression.?

Many: Sleep apnea can cause many of the symptoms you described although it's unlikely to cause all of them. If you have sleep apnea, treat it to see which symptoms will improve. ...Read more

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Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Feeling down, tired of life, distressed, some sleep disturbances during working days, some weight gain and have rare suicidal ideation.Am i depressed?

Depression: Your description does sound like you could be depressed -- suicidal ideation is definitely an alarm sign. It would be a good idea to see your physician about this to start checking your overall health. More definitive treatment can come through a psychiatrist and/or psychologist. Both psychotherapy and medications can be very effective. If suicidal thoughts increase, be seen in an er. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Can levothyroxine cause changes in sleep patterns or intensely vivid dreams?

Can levothyroxine cause changes in sleep patterns or intensely vivid dreams?

Possibly: The pill itself shouldn't cause the symptoms above. However, if taking in high amount, hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia and disrupt sleeping patterns. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)

Absolutely: Yes, it's dangerous. If it's that bad, you must see a doctor to get it treated. Hallucinations aren't just fun and games. They can cause you to do dangerous things. Lack of sleep is quite unhealthy and can cause severe problems if it goes on for too long. ...Read more

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Am i depressed? my symptoms are: sleep disturbance, low self esteem, always shaky, poor concentration, thoughts of self harm/ death, feeling worthless

Am i depressed? my symptoms are: sleep disturbance, low self esteem, always shaky, poor concentration, thoughts of self harm/ death, feeling worthless

Time to get help: You are describing a condition that appears to meet diagnostic criteria for a clinical depression, and this warrants a recommendation for a consultation with your doctor right away. Depressive disorders are very common and there are multiple psychotherapeutic, as well as excellent medications approved by FDA. Do not wait and consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Can you have on / off depression in pregnancy?

Yes: You can have on and off depression when pregnant just as you can when not pregnant. Pregnancy is not thought to increase or decrease the risk of depr., unlike in the post-partum where the risk is the greatest. If your depression is persistent and/or is interfering with your ability to function/care for yourself please talk to your doctor. Unaddressed depression in pregnancy can effect the baby! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

Post-partum: Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to bond with the baby. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition, the incidence has been estimated at anywhere from 5-25%. If there are any concerns about possible depression, have a conversation with your provider. ...Read more

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I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

I don't want to develop depression in pregnancy? What's my best bet?

Several ways: If you have a history of depression, then exercise daily (especially outside) even just walking briskly for 30 minutes a day and counseling are two big ways to help prevent or treat the symptoms. If you are having depression, certainly let your obstetrician know. There are many treatments available. Eating balanced meals with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables helps too. ...Read more

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Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can be treated: Just like depression in non-pregnant people, there are effective treatments that can help. The most common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication, talk therapy, or both. If you have symptoms of depression such as sad mood, suicidal thoughts, little pleasure in life, or changes in energy/appetite/sleep, you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

What are the tests for depression in pregnancy?

See Below: There are some standardized tests that can be performed by your doctor. The best way is a visit to your provider. Most of the time, depression can be diagnosed by observation and history. You can also google depression tests. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

So what are the symptoms of depression in pregnancy?

Same as depression: It really doesn't differ from depression in non pregnant patients. A depressed or sad mood, anhedonia (a lack of getting pleasure out of things that normally should please you), lack of sex drive, a flattened affect (meaning speach that lacks expression), and if severe thought of harming yourself or the baby. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about going through serious depression in pregnancy?

Can you tell me about  going through serious depression in pregnancy?

When a woman: Has depression during pregnancy - the woman, her psychiatrist ; her obstetrician need to work as a team to determine what is in her best interest. The cost vs benefit of pharmacological treatment must be weighed. Her degree of impairment is a major factor in deciding if medications will be taken. Another option - I have treated pregnant women who had anxiety or depression w acupuncture as they. ...Read more

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How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

Stay Safe: If you are depressed, make sure you have a therapist and hopefully also a psychiatrist. You may be able to handle your depression with therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, but it is important to have support around you. Depression can be as serious and as deadly as heart disease and you need to make sure you have the right team. ...Read more

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How can I prevent depression in pregnancy?

How can I prevent depression in pregnancy?

Me time important: Pregnancy and child raising are very demanding times in a women's life. Balance is always important but often gets discounted by women to their own detriment. Take some time to nurture you: for example regular exercise, rest, meditation or yoga. If you don't take care of yourself you won't be at your best to take care of those you care about most. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for depression in pregnancy?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for depression in pregnancy?

Depression: Depression in pregnancy is often co-managed by your obstetrician and your primary care doctor or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for depression in pregnancy?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for depression in pregnancy?

Depression: Depression in pregnancy can be treated with ssri's, tricyclic antidepressants, or some newer atypical medications. Important also is a therapist. It helps to talk with someone about your feelings. A therapist can monitor your progress during pregnancy and help with adjustments after pregnancy. A therapist can also monitor you post-partum and intervene if depression becomes worse. ...Read more

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What causes depression in pregnancy?

What causes depression in pregnancy?

Many reasons: The hormone Progesterone is probably a major reason. However other factors could be involved such as past history of depression, stress at work or home, concerns about money, etc. ...Read more

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How common is depression during pregnancy?

How common is depression during pregnancy?

Not very: More common is what is called post part baby's blues that usually resolves without medication, or only for a short time. Depression during pregnancy usually is only present if present prior to pregnancy and often improves. Of course the situation of an unplanneor undesired pregnancy could lead to depression if not dealt with. ...Read more

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Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Can you control depression during pregnancy?

Yes: Hormones do a lot of wacky things to women in pregnancy...Depression can improve or worsen. Some meds are not helpful to the baby ...But you still need help. .Craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture/chinese medicine can have amazing effects and are all safe during pregnancy. They can all treat depression during pregnancy (and even if not pregnant). ...Read more

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What should I do if I have symptoms of depression during pregnancy?

Talk to Someone: Be sure to talk with your physician or other provider about your mood. It may be helpful for you to seek out therapy or counseling. You also want to try to have a good support system in place. Medications are sometimes considered for depression during pregnancy, but usually only in more severe cases. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy?

Depression during pregnancy?

Professional advise: You definately mood to speak to you OB .They would likely support the use of fish oil. Also exercise, get out in nature, get into some counseling, maybe a group -look for social support- other pregnant moms. Enlist the support of the dad resolve issues of stress. Rc with mess in addition to maxing out the its listed is better than the depression for the baby-professional rc mandatory! ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more