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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

Consider ENT: Tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy can cause snoring in a nine year old child. Snoring in any child is not an acceptable situation as it suggests airway obstructive breathing and/or OSA at night which leads to non-restorative and restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, behavioral symptoms resembling ADHD and nightmares or night terrors. It can contribute to fatigue and excessive weight. ...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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Could someone get ptsd from night terrors?

Yes: Something terrifying can cause trauma including from within (e.g. night terrors). I recommend counseling to help with this. ...Read more

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Can you consciously control problems like night terrors or sleep walking?

Can you consciously control problems like night terrors or sleep walking?

That's the problem: ...They are unconscious behaviors that are not made aware to our consciousness. If we were concious of our sleepwalking, it would just be "walking." sleep is our normal state of unconsciousness. Only necessary behaviors are generally permitted during sleep: breathing, shifting our weight for comfort in sleep, etc. Sleep walking or talking can be influenced by other concious persons. ...Read more

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Every time I fall asleep with the lights on I night terrors? Is that odd?

Every time I fall asleep with the lights on I night terrors?  Is that odd?

Depends: If you can remember having night terrors, then odds are probably not night terrors and it could be something else. Anything that disrupts our deep sleep can elicit complex, unwanted behaviors. Noise, physical discomfort, periodic limb movements, sleep apnea can trigger these events. Not sure how lights could elicit these, but certainly possible you may only remember these events when lights are on. ...Read more

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When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the sleep cycle, declining gradually to about 25% into teenage and adulthood. Nightmares occur during rem sleep, but night terrors occur during deep non-rem sleep. Both can start during infancy. ...Read more

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Saw films of people screaming with night terrors. Sounded like insane asylum. Could people have been falsely locked up?

NO: About 20 to 50 yrs ago, the answer may be yes. But presently no. When people wake up in the am they are mostly sane. Stop watch bad movies. Night terrors commonly occur in the young and generally goes away by 6 to 7 years old. ...Read more

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I have been having night terrors lately and also have been scratching to the point of breaking skin in my sleep. What should I do?

I have been having night terrors lately and also have been scratching to the point of breaking skin in my sleep. What should I do?

See your doctor: Sounds like you have anxiety issues...I would see your doctor to discuss medications...An antiosychotic may be a good short term solution...For a longer term solution, you should see a therapist. ...Read more

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I believe my 3 yo son is havin night terrors. Not sure how to treat this? He is combative and delerious during episodes. Any tips?

I believe my 3 yo son is havin night terrors. Not sure how to treat this? He is combative and delerious during episodes. Any tips?

Sleep disorder: If your kid does not awaken immediately when you touch him it is a nt.Most events last < 5 min and the kid should be left alone and the kid will not remember.Night terrors are considered a sleep entry disorder, often seen in those with irregular or inconsistent sleep patterns ; reflects an accumulated sleep deficit.Improving the sleep habits ; increasing hours/day of sleep can help this naturally. ...Read more

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My son is 5 months and he wakes up screaming and then goes back to sleep, he will do it 3-4 times a night, could it be night terrors?

My son is 5 months and he wakes up screaming and then goes back to sleep, he will do it 3-4 times a night, could it be night terrors?

Probably not terrors: Night terrors occur in toddlers and preschoolers. Frequent night time wakening from a from painful experience like acid reflux would be more likely. ...Read more

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Are nocturnal seizures hereditary? Is it possible that my daughters "night terrors" are actually nocturnal seizures like the ones im having?

Unlikely : Night terrors and seizures are separate entities and readily separated by their pattern. I have no difficulty excluding one or the other after a proper evaluation. If your doc is unsure of the diagnosis, seek a second opinion and or relevant testing. ...Read more

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I'm a 17 year old girl and I have been having night terrors more often in the last 2 months. Used to have them when I was younger. Why r they back?

Adolescent: In adolescence many psychological problem may worsen. Please see your primary care and may need counseling and psychological evaluation ...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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Don't say it's mental cus I was fine 2 days ago. It started it with life like night terrors now seeing stuff? Heat rate is fast then slow semi fever?

Don't say it's mental cus I was fine 2 days ago. It started it with life like night terrors now seeing stuff? Heat rate is fast then slow semi fever?

No, not mental: No body can diagnose this as mental unless common things are ruled out first like simple infection, thyroid disease and excessive intake of stimulants like coffee and decongestants. ...Read more

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My 15 month old son appears to be having night terrors occasionally. What is the best way to handle night terrors? Is there any prevention techniques?

My 15 month old son appears to be having night terrors occasionally. What is the best way to handle night terrors? Is there any prevention techniques?

See Your Doctor: Sleep Terrors=intense arousal state of confusion, fear, agitation, sweating, rapid HR/breathing, & more. Common in pre-school/school ages. (3 yr olds & up). Child is unresponsive to comforting, may not recognize parent, has no recollection after awakens. Attempts to wake child can prolong event. Precipitated by stress, inadequate sleep, & more. Due to child's age, see doctor for correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have chronic night terrors they seem to be getting worse and are disrupting my sleep and making me tired i also feel like I have generalised anxiety?

Night terrors: As the first answer noted these can be complex problems that might need a psychiatrist. That said you might look into a drug called prazosin , it's a blood pressure drug that when used in small quantities has helped people to overcome this type of night terror. It was first used in post traumatic stress syndrome. ...Read more

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Night terrors? My daughter is 2 years old she is constantly having night terrors. She cries sometimes and kicks and is constantly all over the bed? What can I do, because i really feel like she is getting the necessay sleep for a child? Where do night ter

Night terrors? My daughter is 2 years old she is constantly having night terrors. She cries sometimes and kicks and is constantly all over the bed? What can I do, because i really feel like she is getting the necessay sleep for a child? Where do night ter

If : If she is consistently waking around 2-3 hours after falling asleep, try going into her room around 1 hour after falling asleep and gently touching her to bring her out of a deep sleep without fully awakening her. This may alter her sleep cycle and help to alleviate the night terrors. Do this for several nights. It may help prevent the night terrors. ...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

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Night Terrors (Definition)

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