Nightmares: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments
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What causes nightmares? 9 possible conditions

Nightmares are dreams that are scary or disturbing. The themes of nightmares vary widely from person-to-person, but common themes include being chased, falling, or feeling lost or trapped. Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Fever

Fever is also known as hyperthermia, pyrexia, or elevated temperature. It describes a body temperature that's higher than normal. Fever can affect children and adults. A short-term increase in body temperature can hel...

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2

Stress And Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are a normal part of life, but in some people, they can become bigger issues. Learn what causes stress and anxiety and how to manage them.

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3

Depression Overview

Depression is a mood disorder that can cause extreme and persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression type largely determines what kind of medical treatment is best.

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4

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a disorder of the nervous system that causes drowsiness and sleep attacks. Read more about this disorder.

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5

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can affect anyone who has undergone a traumatic event. Read more on how to cope with it.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the name for the symptoms that occur when a heavy drinker suddenly stops or significantly reduces their alcohol intake. With AWS, you may feel mild anxiety and fatigue. You may als...

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7

Central Sleep Apnea

Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you briefly stop breathing during sleep. The moments of apnea can occur repeatedly throughout the night. The interruption of your breathing happens may indicate a proble...

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Night Terrors

Night terrors are a form of sleep disorder in which a person partially awakens from sleep in a state of terror.

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Cocaine and related disorders

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 15 percent of people in the U.S. have tried cocaine. Find out more about the effects of addiction.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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