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Im trying to get off of an addiction of meth but deal with night terrors when tryin clean out and relate to voices i hear. What meds should I b taking?

Im trying to get off of an addiction of meth but deal with night terrors when tryin clean out and relate to voices i hear. What meds should I b taking?

Drug withdrawal: Amphetamines are drugs which cause physical dependence, and withdrawal symptoms when stopped abruptly. They effect heart and brain functions. If they are used for a period of time, they deplete the Dopamine of the brain causing hallucinations (voices, noises, visions, smells that are not real) delusions (paranoia, grandiosity) sleeping disorders (insomnia, night terrors, sleep walking). ...Read more

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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How do I deal with the aftermath of night terrors? Scary stuff!

How do I deal with the aftermath of night terrors?  Scary stuff!

Aftermath ?: By definition, a kid will not awake easily during a night terror and will not remember having one. If you grab, hold, shake etc. You will likely scare them if they wake. Most nt are brief, lasting 5+/- min & the kid settles, awakes later refreshed with no recollection of the event. If you waken them, you will confuse them & must explain why you woke them to a kid who doesn't understand why. ...Read more

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Night terrors any tips?

Triggers: If you can, it may be worth getting a sleep study done, where they hook you up to some monitors and watch you sleep. Night terrors can be triggered by low blood sugar and also low oxygen levels. You can try having a small snack an hour or so before bed, and also try breathe right strips and see if those help at all. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I treat night terrors?

How can I treat night terrors?

Night terrors: Sleep terrors typically resolve on their own prior to the child reaching adolescence. Triggers to be minimized or avoided include acute stress, sleep deprivation, and certain medications, including sedatives, stimulants, neuroleptics, and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Can you die from night terrors?

No.: Night terrors can be scary to parents, since they can be quite dramatic, but it is not harmful to the child. ...Read more

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How can you control night terrors?

Not Easy: Night terrors are related to the deepest stages of sleep and most commonly occur in the preschool and early elementary school age range. They tend to be age related and usually disappear over time. They are not usually treated with medication, but occasionally antidepressant medicines will provide some benefit. They are not consistently helpful. Night terrors present no long term health risk. ...Read more

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What can be done for night terrors?

It depends: There are medications that can be quite effective for helping treat sleep terrors. However, it is best to get evaluted by a qualified sleep specialist to determine the exact nature oof your problem. ...Read more

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What causes night terrors in children?

What causes night terrors in children?

Poor sleep patterns: Night terrors/sleep walking and sleep talking are all forms of a sleep disturbance commonly linked to sleep deficits. A short term (days) or long term period where the kid is not getting enough efficient sleep may set it off. Other factors can contribute to the process. Adding as little as a half hour of sleep/24hrs can sometimes decrease or end the events. ...Read more

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Tell me about cures for night terrors.?

People outgrow it: Usually children with night terrors outgrow it, like sleep wallking it is an interruption in the usual sleep cycle and as the child matures so does there sleep cycles. In the meantime parent sshould be calm themselves and calm toward the child. Do not try to wake the child, the child will be confused and will not remember the event even if you do wake them up. ...Read more

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How common are night terrors as a child?

How common are night terrors as a child?

Fairly common: Night terrors are common deep sleep phenomena that are developmentally normal and can occur between 1-3 years of age. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can stop night terrors?

Can i tell me how i can stop night terrors?

Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time. ...Read more

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How can night terrors for adults be treated?

How can night terrors for adults be treated?

It Depends: It depends on a few different factors. I treat my patients with such conditions with a low dose of a medication called: nortiptyline. One good thing about nortriptyline it is only $4.00 at walmart. But it isn't for everyone and does have some side-effects. I suggest going to see a physician for a check up to see if there could be any thing else going on. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Night terrors while awake, what should I do?

Impossible: The definition of clinical night terrors requires that the individual be asleep. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my night terrors go away?

Night terrors: The peak prevalence of night terrors occurs at age five to seven years. Night terrors typically resolve prior to adolescence. I would recommend avoiding or minimizing the intensity of triggers, such as acute stress and sleep deprivation, as well as certain medications including stimulants, neuroleptics (medications that work on the mind), sedatives, and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Yes: True night terrors will self limit in minutes (up to 15) & the kid will never remember the event.They will be frightened if a scared looking parent wakens them for no apparent reason. Nightmares tend to occur early in the morning & the kid will awaken as soon as the sense a light touch on their skin. If it takes more than that, let them be. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like night terrors go away quickly?

Symptoms?: Night terrors are a diagnosis and not symptom. The hard answer is to find out why they are present. In young children with lots of n3/delta sleep, that can be pretty common. In adults, if persistent, this can be due to lots of things (lack of sleep, other sleep disorder or medications). ...Read more

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What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

Confirm Diagnosis: I don't know the background, but it would first be important to make sure that this really is a case of night terrors. Problems with night terrors are much more likely to occur in early childhood and are relatively rare in adults. If in fact night terrors are occurring, antidepressant medications are sometimes helpful. It would also be important to pay attention to good sleep hygiene. ...Read more

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If I'm having night terrors, what could that mean?

If I'm having night terrors, what could that mean?

Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time. ...Read more

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Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Yes: There is genetic component to night terrors and also certain ages you will have more of the sleep where night terrors are common. ...Read more

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What are the causes of night terrors in teenagers?

What are the causes of night terrors in teenagers?

Poor sleep patterns: Night terrors/sleep walking and sleep talking are all forms of a sleep disturbance commonly linked to sleep deficits. A short term (days) or long term period where the kid is not getting enough efficient sleep may set it off. Other factors can contribute to the process. Adding as little as a half hour of sleep/24hrs can sometimes decrease or end the events. ...Read more

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