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What Should I Do About Bad Memories And Night Terrors
Therapy: Therapy can help learn to deal with past trauma. Some antidepressant meds and some blood pressure meds can help with night terrors which are different from nightmares. People don't recall night terrors which occur in a different phase of sleep. See a psychiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more
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
I have had very bad night terrors lately. What can be triggering them? And how do I make them stop?
Yes: True night terrors will self limit in minutes (up to 15) & the kid will never remember the event.They will be frightened if a scared looking parent wakens them for no apparent reason. Nightmares tend to occur early in the morning & the kid will awaken as soon as the sense a light touch on their skin. If it takes more than that, let them be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I bad night terrors since I took celexa for depression, i've been off it since sept and they still happen. Is it because of celexa? Can I do anything?
"Night terrors"?: Actual night terrors happen in stage 4 sleep -- different from nightmares, which happen in rem. Celexa can definitely increase the number of rem episodes/night -- with vivid dreaming & nightmares. Ongoing nightmares after stopping Celexa can relate to the depression & anxiety still being present, possible alcohol or other substance use, etc. I'd suggest following up with a psychiatrist for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 18 years old(female) and have bad night terrors and wake up with racing heart.No traumatic experience/medication. What's the problem? Help?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You'll need. Rx: For my patients, i often have success in curbing night terrors with the medication- nortriptyline. You will need a prescription. I always start with the lowest possible dose which is ten milligrams about eight pm. That dose seems to work about half the time, if not; i will try 25 mgs at bedtime. You need a prescription, it's $4.00 at walmart. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It Depends: It depends on a few different factors. I treat my patients with such conditions with a low dose of a medication called: nortiptyline. One good thing about nortriptyline it is only $4.00 at walmart. But it isn't for everyone and does have some side-effects. I suggest going to see a physician for a check up to see if there could be any thing else going on. Good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Leave them alone: By definition, a kid will not awake easily during a night terror and will not remember having one. If you grab, hold, shake etc. You will likely scare them if they wake. Most nt are brief, lasting 5+/- min & the kid settles, awakes later refreshed with no recollection of the event. If a light touch does not waken the kid, leave them alone. ...Read more
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