My younger brother who is 19 years old is suffering from night terror disorder. I want to know if there is any cure for this? He is 19 years old and he in this state since he was 5 years old. In...

My younger brother who is 19 years old is suffering from night terror disorder. I want to know if there is any cure for this?

He is 19 years old and he in this state since he was 5 years old. In this situation he wakes up in the night screaming and running, and mostly looking for an exit as if he is chased by someone and he wants to escape. He remebers nothing later on except the dream and all the time he says that somebody (most likely a ghost or a demon or foe) was after him and he was escaping.Last time when he was in the episode gave me and him physical injuries while i was trying to control him.

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dbrooks22 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My oldest daughter who is now 12 suffered from night terrors for about 5 years. Gradually, they became less frequent, and she eventually outgrew them. She hasn't had one in about 4 years now, thankfully. She would react the same way and not remember anything when she woke up. I remember the frustration we felt when we were unable to help her. The important thing to remember is not to touch him or raise your voice while he is having an episode. I also found that when my daughter began the screaming, which was usually the first sign, I would get a glass of water and calmly and quietly persuade her to drink. This usually stopped the terrors before they became out of control. I also found if I could get her to go to the bathroom as soon as it started she usually went back to sleep without further problems. Of course she was younger than your brother.   I'm sorry your brother is suffering from these. If he hasn't already seen a physician, he might have better luck with treatment if he does. I know now they have medications to treat night terrors.

You might look at the following links for more information. I hope this helps and gives you some new ideas. Good luck.


thewanderlust878 | Student

I truly feel for your brother, when I was younger I had a very similar problem (it was undiagnosed, but like I said I had similar happenings). Most kids who have night terrors grow out of it, like I did, but some do not, such as in the case of your brother. Fortunately, there are things you can do about it, such as:

  • if he is on medication, it is possible that it contributes to the problem
  • eating before bed causes the brain to be stimulate, which can cause the nightmares
  • if he has sleep apena or another disorder, treating it could solve the problem

Hope this helps!

sid-sarfraz | Student

Your brother is having panic attacks. Neurological problem. Off course there is cure. 

Panic attacks basically happens to those who are fearing from something. It can happen anytime and can not be pre-known.

Panic attacks are characterized by episodes of fear, breathlessness , sweating and palpitations mostly occurs in adults and more common in females.


Treatment aims is reassurance by psychotherapy and benzodiazepines like clonazapam and alprazolam or SSRIs like fluoxetine 

beccamarie2986 | Student

As far as I know, there is no prescription cure for night terrors. However, you could try a few of the following:

1) Your brother could sleep with a noise machine in his room. This could help him fall into REM sleep and decreases the chance of an isolated noise disturbing him while in a deep sleep. My little sister's night terrors were often triggered by a slight noise.

2) Your brother could be sure to get to bed before he is overly tired, and have a relaxation time 30 minutes prior to going to bed.

3) Your brother could crack a window or have a fan blowing on him (this could also be his noise machine). Becoming overheated also can trigger night terrors.

Best of luck. I hope he is able to overcome this!

loraaa | Student

See your doctor for help..