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What is a night terror vs a panic attack?

What is a night terror vs a panic attack?

Very Different: Night terrors are episodes of suddenly crying out during the deep stages of sleep. A person is not awake during these episodes, and usually has little recollection of them. They occur most often in childhood and often go away over time. Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear and anxiety while a person is awake. They can occur in children and adoloscents, but are more common in adults. ...Read more

Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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I'm 17 and female I had a panic attack 3 weeks ago and I have been anxious about it and I have been feeling DP! And night terrors what's going on?!

I'm 17 and female I had a panic attack 3 weeks ago and I have been anxious about it and I have been feeling DP! And night terrors what's going on?!

Find a therapist: Before you go any further into self-diagnosis, get a real evaluation. Your part is to provide accurate, honest answers to an experienced therapist. They will consider the probable conditions and offer a treatment plan. Hopefully, it will not merely be a pill. It may include that, but it is best for you to learn how to manage your life and understand yourself. It can get better w/ help. ...Read more

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I had a dream and in that dream I had a panic attack where I woke up and was hyperventilating was this just a dream or is it night terrors? Plz help

I had a dream and in that dream I had a panic attack where I woke up and was hyperventilating was this just a dream or is it night terrors? Plz help

Panic Attack: I understand your distress of the dream with panic attack and waking up hyperventilating. Be assured that it is not night terror. Trust in healing powers of your body if you do not have Panic attack or hyperventilation in the day time; symptoms are less intense ; no other acute symptoms when you wake up. Panic attacks and nightmares are treatable. See Psychiatrist for Therapy and medication. ...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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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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For 14yrs, I've had panic attacks that present w/ chest pain, feelings of doom/terror & sometimes sweating. How would i recognize a true cardiac event?

Many signs: Weakness, pallor or cyanosis (being blue), poor pulse, poor capillary filling, fluctuations in blood pressure are more likely in mi. Best to treat the panic effectively beforehand, so you won't be faced with that problem. You'll panic over trying to decide if you're having panic. Breathing exercises, meditation, and medication are quite useful. Please see your doctor and counselor for help. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I wake up my heart is racing and i'm in a panic. Is that night terror?

Probably not: Most people who have night terrors are not aware of the symptoms when they are having them. They usually go back to sleep and have no recollection of the event. You might have sleepn apnea, or another medical condition, or might be suffering from side effects of medications, drugs, or alcohol. ...Read more

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Could you advise on coping with night panic attacks?

Could you advise on coping with night panic attacks?

Prevent them.: It's much better to prevent, than to "cope" with panic. Effective treatment exists. I suggest you sort this out further with a mental health expert. It's tough to get through your day when you have a panic attack to dread that night. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Day panic attacks: Most patients that have panic attacks at night have them during the day. Most people describe that the panic attacks at night are very similar to daytime panic symptoms. If they are not, it could be that other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, which can cause breathlessness, heart racing could be the culprit. Would optimize treatment of panic attacks and maybe see a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Why do i get panic attacks/anixety attacks after a night of drinking?

Individual reasons: You'd know better than anyone what drinking means to you. But whatever it is you feel after such a night, it's not usual. And you react to that change w/ thoughts and feelings that match your beliefs. They could be a sort of guilt or worry or disappointment. Those can easily spread into anxiety/panic. Consider therapy to help you understand yourself better and to see if you need to cut down/quit. ...Read more

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Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Scared of having seizures at night. Giving me panic attacks. I'm not epileptic.

Seizures: If you are not epileptic, then you don't have seizures. You may be talking about panic attacks that are sometimes mistaken for seizures. Your panic disorder needs to be addressed appropriately. ...Read more

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What causes panic attacks at night?

Panic: One theory is that late in the day when you are less physically active while your brain is still producing adrenaline (anxiety chemical), you can be more prone to get anxious, plus it coincides with the time when people normally are thinking about the events of the day instead of distracting themselves with physical activity. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Good day good night: Frequency and intensity of panic attacks depends on your fears, your level of stress, ingestion of caffeine or other stimulants. Attacks can come day or night. Panic disorder treatment will help you master techniques that will address these problems. If you get adequate treatment for your panic attacks, not only your daily attacks, but also those that occur while you are asleep will tend to recede. ...Read more

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I had a panic attack on tuesday night and again on saturday night. I can't sleep or eat enough. Is this normal?

I had a panic attack on tuesday night and again on saturday night.  I can't sleep or eat enough. Is this normal?

Please see your: Doc for a medical check up. After that you can find help w/a clinical psychologist or other mental health professional. ...Read more

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I am chronically anxious all the time and at night have panic attacks and my body feels motionless and weak I'm 18 how will this effect health?

Physical exam: stress, tension, anxiety, panic, etc. can all influence the body's immune systems. I would advise a comprehensive physical exam and lab testing, especially thyroid testing for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Night Terrors (Definition)

Night terrors = parasomnia in which a person experiences extreme fear during sleep & ...Read more