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Night terror

Night terror: Introduction

Night terror: Night terror is a parasomnia disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. More detailed information about the symptoms, 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

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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
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Causes of Night terror

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Night terror: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:

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 suffered from sudden inability to speak. 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 to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, more »

RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown sleep-related disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) 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 remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly 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 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 depression or symptoms more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see more »

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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Prognosis for Night terror

Prognosis for Night terror: Most children outgrow night terrors as they get older.

Research about Night terror

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