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My 22 Year Old Disabled Son Experiences Night Terrors

by Belinda
(Pensacola, FL)

It started at about age 15 after the purchase of my home. I awoke to this blood curdling scream from my son''s room. I ran in and he was thrashing up and down like he was trying to get away. He cried out to me MOM, MOM. I said I am here, but it was like he could not hear me.

He did this at least two times a night for about a week. They are now about once a month, two times a night. I could not help but to think we have a ghost, but I am not a believer of ghosts.

About 3 weeks ago he once again had another episode. This time he stopped breathing and all I could do was scream! Do not leave me! We called 911 and they helped me to get his breathing back. He was unresponsive even when they got there. It was horrible. They picked him up and my son's elbow bump the door and he said "ouch,". I knew he was okay then.

They got him stabilized in the ambulance but he then threw-up. We went on to the ER and had him checked out. They think he may have had a seizure along with the night terror which can be fatal but controllable if this should or could happen again. He does have a frontal lope abnormality and we have known that since he was 14. We were told that he could be a candidate for seizures but he may never have them.

Last night again he had a night terror episode but he managed to come out of it quicker. I am trying to help him to control these dreams. He says someone is chasing him, so I told him to stop running and turn around and HIT that thing! He thought that was funny and chuckled.

We are going to see a neurologist next week. We may not get much from it, but it is a start. I honestly did not know of night terrors until the ER asked about his actions. I thought they were nightmares. I am so scared for him but I need to be strong and help him know he will be okay. Thanks for listening.

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Mar 19, 2016
Same here NEW
by: Anonymous

Belinda, I feel your pain. My daughter has done this since she could sit up. It terrifies me. The cry is different from any other cry. She often says, "Please stop!" and always says "Mommy! Mommy!" I tell her "I'm right here baby.. it's ok. Mommy is here." Her eyes are open and the look of terror on her little face.. indescribable
. It breaks my heart and I feel helpless as she just looks right through me as if I'm not there. She holds her arms out and I hold them but she still talks like I'm not there. I try asking her what's happening.. what's wrong baby.. still nothing. :( She is now 6 and it still happens about once a month. I'm sorry you and your son experience the same. I pray she NEVER stops breathing.

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