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Sleep Terror Disorder 307.46 

Katherine Lessard


-sleep deprivation/ extreme fatigue


-head injuries

-causation insn't very conclusive for this disorder



-Reoccuring and abrupt awakening from sleep due                    to intense nightmares.

 -intense fear and signs of autonomic excitement                       (tachycardia, rapid breathing, sweating) during episodes       

-relative unresponsiveness to any effort tocomfort the individual during episode

-clinically significant distress and impairment to functioning

-disturbance not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or existing general medical condition.


improving sleep habits,

avoid stress, medications (benzopiazepines)

Interesting Facts 

Sleep Terror Disorder is commonly depicted in horror films, for example, insidious. 

This disorder is classified as "parasomnia" and can be traumatizing to the extent those suffering from this disorder will deprive themselves of the night terrors they experience when they sleep. In extreme cases the disorder can progress into paranoia and delusions in which the individual effected may they think they are being haunted or that demons are trying to harass or possess them. Night Terrors can share startaling consistency among content between those effected.


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