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Doctor insights on: Night Terrors Vs Nocturnal Seizures

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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?

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

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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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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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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Im suffering terribly with night terrors. I am always exhausted but at night i struggle to sleep and when I do I have awful night terrors eachnight?

Im suffering terribly with night terrors. I am always exhausted but at night i struggle to sleep and when I do I have awful night terrors eachnight?

Sleep apnea?: 'nightmares' are one of the parasomnias that can occur at night while sleeping, or trying to sleep. They may be associated with sleep apnea. Consulting a specialist trained in sleep medicine can lead to treatment for this problem and could eliminate the parasomnia described as 'night terror'. ...Read more

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Sometimes at night I see huge spiders or bugs that aren't there. I have to physically move away and I eventually calm down. I am 25f. Night terrors?

Sometimes at night I see huge spiders or bugs that aren't there. I have to physically move away and I eventually calm down. I am 25f. Night terrors?

Imaginary insects: My professional recommendation is that you consult with a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, as soon as possible. You need to be totally open regards your past medical history, including prescription or non prescription drug use, childhood psychological trauma, wether you feel depressed, anxious in general, and get to the "root" of your imaginary fears. This may involve psychoanalysis and meds. ...Read more

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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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How can you control night terrors?

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?

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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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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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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What do I do to prevent night terrors?

Night Terror?: Talk with u physician about it and he can give u medication or refer u to another physician ...Read more

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Having night terrors combined with hallucinations, what is going on?

Having night terrors combined with hallucinations, what is going on?

See a sleep doc: Go to the american sleep association website and you can type in the word hallucinations for an excellent discussion of the topic. 25% of the population experiences sleep hallucinations, they are more common in women, and often pass with time. Night terrors are common in childhood but can continue on into adulthood. You can read more on them at www.Sleepassociation.Org i recommend a sleep disorders consultation with a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Yes: Sleep walking is usually seen in older kids or adults but both are thought to represent a sleep entry disorder caused by sleep deficits. ...Read more

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Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

No.: Children that have endocrine problems may have night terrors, but there is no known association between night terrors and endocrine problems. Night terrors are a parasomnia, like bed wetting, sleep walking, etc. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for night terrors?

What treatment is available for night terrors?

Sleep terrors: Night terrors usually occur in the 3rd phase of non-rem sleep. Treatment may include: 1. To sleep at a regular schedule. 2. Reassurance and additional comfort during the day time. 3. Psychotherapy or counseling can be helpful. 4. Brief use of a benzodiazepine can reduce night terrors. ...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?

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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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


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Night Terrors (Definition)

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