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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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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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Is there such a thing as night terrors in adults? If so, is there a treatment?

Is there such a thing as night terrors in adults? If so, is there a treatment?

It can happen: Sleep terrors are period of awakenings described by others as intense. Patients usually yell, scream, look frightened and are unable to be consoled. Almost all cases happen in young children. If you can recall these events they are less likely sleep terrors and probably something else. What that is requires a good assessment and maybe a sleep study if it is causing problems. ...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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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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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

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Every so often I get night terrors and I don't know what to do about them. Any helpful ideas?

Every so often I get night terrors and I don't know what to do about them. Any helpful ideas?

Sleep entry disorder: If you look at normal sleep entry as a gliding flight path of a plane landing, the night terror tends occur more when you have a crash landing. If you are not getting enough sleep, your sleep deficit adds up & night terrors are more likely. This is similar to sleep walking or sleep talking. Power naps or other methods to respect your individual sleep needs must be followed to avoid this problem. ...Read more

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My son is having night terrors every night. He is 6 years old. What can I do to help? He doesn't remember anything in the morning.

My son is having night terrors every night. He is 6 years old. What can I do to help?   He doesn't remember anything in the morning.

Every night?: Most children outgrow their night terrors but it can take 1 to 2 years. Some children have them 2-3 times per week. If this is happening on a nightly basis, it may be best to follow with the pediatrician as there can be medicines or behavior techniques which 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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How can I treat night terrors?

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?

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?

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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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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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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