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#1    mystery mystique

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:21 AM

when i was about five i started having something called night terrors. i dont know much about them, my parents refuse to tell me any details. but what i do know is that i would fall asleep and eventually begin screaming, thrashing, throwing objects, and other violent things. i would occasionally vomit, and once when my mother tried to wake me up i hurt her. i would wake up eventually in the mornings and wonder why everything was such a mess, and not remember a single thing. my parents took me to a doctor who diagnosed me with a non treatable sleeping disorder called night terrors, which explained everything except one thing. my mother told me that sometimes she would watch me sleep at night, and right before i became violent, i would mutter in what she thought was a foreign language, though to this day i only know english.

i know i must be crazy or something, but I'd just like to hear something, anything about it. my father denies me having these attacks, but he is very religious, and i think he might of suspected demonic possession. if you don't believe me, don't reply, i just want to know if anyone can explain this


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:46 AM

Gosh, you could also be a sleep walker.. some people are known to sleep walk but act violently. So, it's not all the time that image of someone walking up and down the road at night without a clue but, can be much more sinister unknowing.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:55 AM

Shankpin on Apr 28 2008, 08:46 PM, said:

Gosh, you could also be a sleep walker.. some people are known to sleep walk but act violently. So, it's not all the time that image of someone walking up and down the road at night without a clue but, can be much more sinister unknowing.


thanks for the insight


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:02 AM

Night terrors are common in young children, actually. In fact, children are more susceptible to them, if I remember correctly. It's actually a sleep disorder, and it is psychological.

Take a look at this for more information:

http://www.nightterrors.org/


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:27 AM

[quote name='Blind Atrocity' date='Apr 28 2008, 09:02 PM' post='2271427']
Night terrors are common in young children, actually. In fact, children are more susceptible to them, if I remember correctly. It's actually a sleep disorder, and it is psychological.

Take a look at this for more information:

http://www.nightterrors.org/
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thanks, that should be a lot of help


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:34 AM

No problem. I'm surprised I recalled hearing the term before.


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:52 AM

Blind Atrocity on Apr 28 2008, 09:02 PM, said:

Night terrors are common in young children, actually. In fact, children are more susceptible to them, if I remember correctly. It's actually a sleep disorder, and it is psychological.

Take a look at this for more information:

http://www.nightterrors.org/


lol, not many people have ever heard of night terrors


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:53 AM

BelieveItOrNot on Apr 28 2008, 11:52 PM, said:

lol, not many people have ever heard of night terrors


I remember reading about it in a psychology text book in the second semester of my sophomore year in high school.


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:54 AM

Blind Atrocity on Apr 28 2008, 09:53 PM, said:

I remember reading about it in a psychology text book in the second semester of my sophomore year in high school.

nice. my sister is studying to become a psychologist


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:55 AM

BelieveItOrNot on Apr 28 2008, 11:54 PM, said:

nice. my sister is studying to become a psychologist

Not me. Do you still have these night terrors, by any chance? I'll check back for an answer sometime tomorrow -- I'm going to bed. Or you can  PM it to me.


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:55 AM

but i still wonder about the foreign language thing. can anyone explain that, because I'm very curious and a little worried about it


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 04:56 AM

Blind Atrocity on Apr 28 2008, 09:55 PM, said:

Not me. Do you still have these night terrors, by any chance? I'll check back for an answer sometime tomorrow -- I'm going to bed. Or you can  PM it to me.


no, i stopped having them about a year or two later. my information is a little vague. for some reason my parents don't like to talk about it


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 10:21 AM

It is disconcerting when somebody knows something about your personal history which you do not. On the other hand, people are often reluctant to discuss emotionally upsetting or traumatic events.

Your episodes must have been very painful and frightening for your parents, regardless of their religious beliefs. Perhaps there will come a time when they are more comfortable discussing the matter. It would probably hasten the day if you were open with them and tell them frankly how important it is to you to know more about this "blank page" in your personal history.

You write from the United States. As a matter of law, you have a right to examine your medical records. Apart from the legal situation, your parents may cooperate in your talking things over with the physician, including his or her discussing with you what they reported. That may be easier for your parents than discussing it themselves, or your suggesting the possibility may serve as an "ice-breaker" to bring the topic into the light.

I believe I can help with one part of your report

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i would mutter in what she thought was a foreign language, though to this day i only know english.

We have "detectors" in our nervous system for a variety of environmental features. For example, our attention is drawn to faces, whether of people, animals, minimal drawings of faces, like "smilies," original.gif , or even accidental configurations on grilled cheese sandwiches. The detectors "fire" when something is "close enough" to a face, whether it is a face or not.

A common kind of "detector" is for the distinctive patterning of sound in language production. If you walked down the street, and passed two people conversing in Turkish, you would not know what they were saying, you probably would not know it was Turkish, but you would sense that it was human language. That would be true even if all other cues were removed, and you just heard the sounds.

It is easy for a human being to make "speech like" sounds that are not genuine speech, but close enough to be (mis)recognized as language production. Take a six year-old English speaker to a subtitled Samurai movie. He doesn't speak Japanese, but on the way out of the theater, there is a good chance that he will have learned to make sounds that you recognize as "imitation Japanese."

If you don't speak Japanese either, then you may even find the resemblance eerie. But it is just that human beings are good at all aspects of language use. It is a distinctive skill of our species.

That is all that happened. It is eerie, and the effect can be heightened if the sound maker is unconscious, and the event is known to be a precursor of other dramatic behavior. If you add further personal beliefs that such things may be "signs of the Holy Spirit," or in the alternative "demonic attack," then the stage is set for a truly frightened reaction.

I am happy to hear that your sleep disorder itself has gone away. I hope that your lingering "blank page" is filled in someday soon. In the meantime, I hope that what I have written is some help to you in understanding one small part of these events.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:34 PM

BelieveItOrNot on Apr 28 2008, 11:56 PM, said:

no, i stopped having them about a year or two later. my information is a little vague. for some reason my parents don't like to talk about it


Then it was just the episode common in young children, I'm sure.


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Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:27 PM

Blind Atrocity on Apr 29 2008, 05:34 AM, said:

Then it was just the episode common in young children, I'm sure.


thank you for doing your best to answer my questions. I'll be sure to try to talk to my parents again.





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