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Doctor insights on: Night Terrors As Discharge Of Anxiety Caused By Stress

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Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Yes: Stress has many effects upon the body. I don't know if it applies to you, but people who have seizure-like events which are not epilepsy, but due to various stresses and life events, have a very high incidence of prior abuse, sadly. Often it's a combination of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...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?

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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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 ?

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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3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?

Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read more

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I take trazodone to help me sleep because of anxiety and depression. I've heard that it is supposed to help with night terrors and such. Yet i still get night terrors and lucid dreams. Is there anything i can do to help with these?

I take trazodone to help me sleep because of anxiety and depression.  I've heard that it is supposed to help with night terrors and such. Yet i still get night terrors and lucid dreams. Is there anything i can do to help with these?

Traz: May consider a different nighttime medication. There are a few medications that help with nightmares assoc with ptsd but usually I do not recommend adding a medication to manage the side effects of another medication. ...Read more

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My son has been taking 2mg of Kolonopin 3 times per day for several years for severe anxiety, depression and night terrors. Due to circumstances beyond his control he has been without medication for 8 days. My fear is the possibility of seizures. He is p

My son has been taking 2mg of Kolonopin 3 times per day for several years for severe anxiety, depression and night terrors.  Due to circumstances beyond his control he has been without medication for 8 days. My fear is the possibility of seizures. He is p

Seizures may occur: from abrupt withdrawal of Klonopin (clonazepam) after chronic use. A list of withdrawal symptoms is on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7841856/. If your son has a severe mental illness refractory to multiple treatment regimens, he may be eligible for SSI & Medicaid. Take him to hospital-based ER if he's symptomatic, then to a psychiatrist on his insurance provider list or your state adult mental health clinic. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a child's night terrors when it doesn't run in the family?

What are the causes of a child's night terrors when it doesn't run in the family?

Sleep entry disorder: Night terrors are often a sign of decreased effective sleep in childhood, with the deficit causing a rapid drop off into the deep sleep state when the problem occurs. Sleep walking and sleep talking are similar in their origin & expression.More predictable & longer sleep periods &/or short naps during the day will often improve sleeping patterns and end the night terrors. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Night Terrors (Definition)

Night terrors is a sleep condition that most often occurs in kids 3 to 12 years of age. Kids will often wake up suddenly terrified, screaming, and exhibiting signs of fight or flight such as rapid heart beat and sweating. Night terrors are different than nightmares or bad dreams in that night terrors are not dreams (which by definition occur in REM sleep) and kids will not remember ...Read more


Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more