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Nightmares

Also known as Terrifying Dreams

A nightmare is an unpleasant dream that can cause a strong emotional response from the mind, typically fear or horror, but also despair, anxiety and great sadness. The dream may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror. Sufferers usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of nightmares are depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), and bipolar disorder. Other possible causes, such as primary insomnia, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with nightmares often receive psychotherapy, mental health counseling, depression screen, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea and toxicology screen .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with nightmares include clonazepam, fluoxetine (prozac), lamotrigine (lamictal), mometasone nasal product, quetiapine (seroquel), trazodone, lithium (li), divalproex sodium (depakote), perphenazine, melatonin, carbidopa / levodopa, mirtazapine and adderall .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for nightmares include . On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get nightmares.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.3x
5-14 years
1.2x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
1.0x
45-59 years
1.3x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
1.0x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
1.0x
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