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Does being depressed lead to sleep terrors?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry
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In brief: Association

There is definite comorbidity between night terrors and mood and anxiety disorders.
Comorbidity means that the coexist and improvement in one may or may not lead to improvement n the other, in some cases it may make it worse. But in depression, with improvement in symptoms, there is usually mprove, net in night terrors it cold be the presenting symptom of depression in adolescents.

In brief: Association

There is definite comorbidity between night terrors and mood and anxiety disorders.
Comorbidity means that the coexist and improvement in one may or may not lead to improvement n the other, in some cases it may make it worse. But in depression, with improvement in symptoms, there is usually mprove, net in night terrors it cold be the presenting symptom of depression in adolescents.
Dr. Imad Khreim
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry

In brief: Not ususually

Sleep terrors are more common in children especially boys and seem to run in families.
Often there are no obvious stressors. Trying to calm the person doesn't have much of an impact. Usually there is no memory for the event. Chronic sleep terrors can impact how the person performs at school, works, relates to others and feels. That is where depression may occur. Diazepam (valium) at bedtime helps.

In brief: Not ususually

Sleep terrors are more common in children especially boys and seem to run in families.
Often there are no obvious stressors. Trying to calm the person doesn't have much of an impact. Usually there is no memory for the event. Chronic sleep terrors can impact how the person performs at school, works, relates to others and feels. That is where depression may occur. Diazepam (valium) at bedtime helps.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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