Night terror: Introduction
Night terror: Night terror is a parasomnia disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness.
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causes, and treatments of Night terror is available below.
Symptoms of Night terror
- 'Bolting upright' with their eyes wide open, with a look of fear and panic, and letting out a 'blood curdling scream'. These individuals will usually also be sweating, breathing fast and have a rapid heart rate (autonomic signs). And although it will seem like they are awake, during a night terror, the individual will appear confused, will not be consolable and won't recognize others.
- Typical night terrors last about 5 to 30 minutes and afterwards, the individual usually return to a regular sleep
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Treatments for Night terror
- No treatment is usually necessary for routine night terrors
- For children who get frequent night terrors, it might help to wake the child up before the time that he usually has a night terror. This is thought to interrupt or alter the sleep cycle and prevent night terrors from occurring
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Home Diagnostic Testing
Home medical testing related to Night terror:
- Child Behavior: Home Testing
- Mental Health (Adults): Home Testing
Wrongly Diagnosed with Night terror?
Alternative Treatments for Night terror
Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Night terror may include:
- Remain calmly by your child until the spell is over
- Do not discuss the night terror with your child
- Sufficient sleep
- Help your child relax before bedtime; discuss any fears or problems during the day
- Art therapy
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Causes of Night terror
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causes of Night terror
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Night terror: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Misdiagnosis and Night terror
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he...read more »
Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due...read more »
RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown
sleep-related disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is often misdiagnosed.
The typical...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults.
Some adults can...read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or
have a delayed diagnosis.
See misdiagnosis of eating...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression
to be overlooked.
See misdiagnosis of...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of...read more »
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Night terror: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Hospitals & Clinics: Night terror
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Night terror: Rare Types
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Night terror
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Night terror: Animations
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Prognosis for Night terror
Prognosis for Night terror:
Most children outgrow night terrors as they get older.
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Research about Night terror
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Types of Night terror
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