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What should I do about bad memories and night terrors?

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

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


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Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

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 more

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I have had very bad night terrors lately. What can be triggering them? And how do I make them stop?

Sleep Study: I don't know what is causing your night terrors. However, would recommend evaluation by a sleep specialist and a polysomnogram (sleep study). Without a sleep study, the medical provlder would be guessing about what is really going on. ...Read more

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I bad night terrors since I took celexa (citalopram) for depression, i've been off it since sept and they still happen. Is it because of celexa (citalopram)? Can I do anything?

I bad night terrors since I took celexa (citalopram) for depression, i've been off it since sept and they still happen. Is it because of celexa (citalopram)? Can I do anything?

"Night terrors"?: Actual night terrors happen in stage 4 sleep -- different from nightmares, which happen in rem. Celexa (citalopram) can definitely increase the number of rem episodes/night -- with vivid dreaming & nightmares. Ongoing nightmares after stopping Celexa (citalopram) 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 more

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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?

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: Possible panic attacks during sleep, or a sleep disorder. Recommend first evaluation by neurologist for sleep studies, then if all normal, referral to psychiatry to explore tx for anxiety issues. ...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?

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

Terror (Definition)

Terror is a feeling of extreme fear. Terror can occur with ...Read more