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

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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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Can my fibromyalgia episodes be triggered by lack of sleep or stress?

Can my fibromyalgia episodes be triggered by lack of sleep or stress?

Associated: ? Relation of Fibromyalgia, FM, "flare" & sleep-loss/stress. Unrefreshing sleep, a common FM symptom, begets daytime fatigue/depression/frustration/anxiety. FM sufferers oft have restless sleep interrupted by pelvic &/or back &/or shoulder pain intensified lying down; as injured joints torque & stress soft tissues. Soft mattress & bedtime Cannabis for soporific & analgesic effects often helps. ...Read more

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Is bed wetting a sign of depression, anxiety and stress?

Is bed wetting a sign of depression, anxiety and stress?

It isn't a classic: Symptoms of any of these disorders. However, when significantly regressed (regardless of cause) it might occur. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue,thrush?

Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue,thrush?

Anxiety: can cause a dry mouth. ( flight or fight response) Candida albicans causes thrush. a simple test can confirm the latter. Taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting thrush (kill off the normal bacterial flora) If you think you have thrush have it looked at and get it treated. ...Read more

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Are stress headaches typically accompanied by anxiety?

Are stress headaches typically accompanied by anxiety?

Tension HAs: Anxiety can be accompanied by headaches, sometimes tension headaches can trigger anxiety if persist & cause worrying. ...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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Are night sweats caused by drinking alcohol a sign of a serious health risk condition?

Are night sweats caused by drinking alcohol a sign of a serious health risk condition?

Many causes: There are many reasons for night sweats and drinking alcohol is not one of the common causes. Infections, (including tb), cancers, hormone problems, and gastric reflux, or cardiac problems can all lead infections. So night sweats themselves can be a serious health situation. You should probably see a medical professional to have an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is itching caused by stress?

Is itching caused by stress?

Among many other...: The skin is the most sensory innervated organ in the body. Among the many causes of itching, stress could be a factor, but it is often some very minor sensation that causes a brief itch, and then one scratches and that causes more itching....Dry skin, allergy to almost anything that touches the skin, or is inhaled will set off a response that allows mast and other cells to release histamines. Itch. ...Read more

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I often get anxious/anxiety attacks when I'm tired, either from lack of sleep or from being too amped up by events. Why is this?

Pregnancy Stress: I understand your concern. Thank you for informing about Pregnancy which is a stressor in your life as it can cause tiredness, insomnia, hypersensitivity and anxiety. Insomnia can cause tiredness. Have Heart to Heart talk with your partner about need for Emotional, Physical and Sexual Intimacy, meaning of pregnancy for both of you; to resolve emotional conflicts. See Gynecologist and a Therapist. ...Read more

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Can having bad dreams be a symptom of mental illness?

Can having bad dreams be a symptom of mental illness?

Evaluation needed: Bad dreams may be a symptom of a number of things, such as stress or a medical problem interfering with sleep. I recommend thorough evaluations by psychologist and md. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks occur multiple times a night every night, don't respond to ativan, (lorazepam) can't be controlled by breathing and reach hr of 180bpm? Daytime

Can panic attacks occur multiple times a night every night, don't respond to ativan, (lorazepam) can't be controlled by breathing and reach hr of 180bpm? Daytime

Possible, but...: As you probably already know, this is not the classical picture for panic attacks. On the other hand, it is possible that the symptoms you describe are panic attacks. I would suggest looking for other causes though - such as thyroid, other endocrine, or other medical disorders. Also, a large number of medications and 'recreational' drugs could contribute to anxiety/panic symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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Is chronic anxiety caused by a lack of serotonin?

Is chronic anxiety caused by a lack of serotonin?

Cause or Treatment: What is effective in the treatment of many medical conditions may not link directly to the cause. The cause of anxiety is probably not a simple as a lack of serotonin, even though things that seem to boost serotonin are helpful for many forms of anxiety. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and have the occasional anxiety attack usually from work stress. Any ssris you'd recommend?

Yes, but...: Recommending a specific agent among the ssris or another group for you without an evaluation would be akin to recommending specific engine repairs without doing any diagnostics or even knowing what kind of engine it is. Medicine is nothing more than a tool that must be applied and used in a specific way tailored to fit your specific needs. Haphazardly applying a random tool may just worsen things. ...Read more

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Could the lack of empathy be caused by anxiety?

Could the  lack of empathy be caused by anxiety?

Yes to empathyanxiey: When we are very focused on our own emotions and bodily sensations it's hard to focus on others and be empathic. Some folks try to mentally switch back and forth from their feelings to the feelings of others as a way to break out of that cycle. The very best to you. Psychologist can help the process. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more