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Yelling and screaming in sleep, on muscle relaxers/ anti depressors to reduce panic attacks. Any relation ?

hi iam and have been for a long time been wakeing my family while im sleeping due to me yelling and screaming... a little worried for my health and family should i be... i also have been suffering from actual panic attacks for the last 10 years i have seen a doctor and they put me on muscle relaxers/ anti depressors and i stopped takeing them years ago due to job opperations.. My question is are my panic attacks and sleeping issues related i have the panic attacks about 5 times a month and scream in my sleep nightly?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Hi There, thanks for asking. Somnabulism is a situation which also includes screaming during the night. Most of the cases are benign and resolve until mid teens, and they can be intensified in some periods of life like pregnancy. It is a separate disorder from anxiety disorders like panic disorder, but it definitely is enhanced with anxiety disorders. If your panic attacks are exclusively occur at night, a sleep study (with EEG monitoring) can show any possible underlying factor like seizure which might happen then. 20 percent of people who scream or talk during sleep have EEG abnormality and if you have nocturnal panics, the chance would be more. Many nocturnal seizures are benign and also they will be easily controlled. I wish you the best health.
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