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Waking up confused

Ok so for the past couple weeks on occasion i have been waking up confused and having no idea where i m and i know that is some what normal when you are in a deep sleep, but i also forget my husbands name and my kids names! i have to think really hard who every one is, its so weird it really scares me. It will only last a few minutes and then i kinda snap out and go back to sleep. Last night was the worst so far i woke up and kissed my husband but did not recognize him i mean i did but had like a memory block and i guess i went to the bath room and had to think really hard about who and were my kids where, and there names, it is so weird and scares me to death!!! i think i m going to lose my mind.. Some history i have slight depression, mood disorders and anxiety and ocd. i m taking Zoloft 100 mg and on occasion i take xanax .25 to .50 depending on day and anxiety level. I have a history of aura migraines and deal with a lot of stress daily i have 3 kids under 8. Any suggestions ideas or anything to calm my ocd : ( Thank you...
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replied March 20th, 2010
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Hi chagerty325,

You have every reason to be scared. Please discuss these forgetfullness with your doctor. Tell him to reevaluate you and your medication. Tell him if you are taking any herbal vitamins or teas. Your period will also play a role in memory loss, most doctors don't know this or how to treat it but a woman emotional state is affected by her periods as they are when she goes through memapause...everything is mind, related, just much so in men. If you don't get the answers from your doctor, please ask that he refer you out to a specialist.

Good Luck,

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replied December 6th, 2010
I have this and everyone i talk to acts like I am crazy-I am currently weaning of xanax BC of preg. and I have a history of mild depression and high anxiety and panic-I am actually waking in like an amnesia state then, my heart is pounding and I am dizzy and confused-I go back to sleep but, I am soscared and don't understand this!
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replied April 16th, 2012
I been having this too for like the last month did you go see a doctor about it?
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replied May 29th, 2014
CrystalRB1981, The waking up with amnesia is due to the Xanax withdrawal. Did it go away sice then? Thanks.
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replied December 27th, 2011
Sleep amnesia
I get the exact same thing! I wake up in a panic state and everything/everyone seems very unfamiliar. I know where everything is in my house because I usually run to the bathroom, but it's like my surroundings are strange. I also have anxiety/prone to attacks/also get migraines at times too. This sounds strange, but I find it quite helpful before going to sleep to say in your head the things you wake up confused about, like your kids names for example. The one thing I can never remember when I wake up in that state is what I did that day or if I'm late for something. So before I go to sleep I say in my head what I did that day and what I have to do when I wake up. I don't know, it seems to work pretty good for me. I understand your pain though, is not fun! Good luck(:
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replied April 24th, 2012
The same thing is happening to me, except I don't even know who I am as well as others
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replied April 24th, 2012
The same.thing is happening to me, except I don't even know who I am as well as others
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replied April 26th, 2012
A warning sign
I'd treat it as a warning signal and consult my doctor. These are things you don't want to risk with.
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replied June 21st, 2012
Same Symptoms-Male 32
I'm a 32 year old male with undiagnosed ADHD, dx'd anxiety, dx'd IBS and chronic pain and I'm going through the same thing. I was on Lyrica for 4 years. I got off it because I thought that was causing it. I tapered completely off the Lyrica in January and am still having confusion waking up and brain fog through out the day. Anybody have any autoimmune diseases, MS or anything similar? Good luck.
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replied July 3rd, 2013
it's normal?
i fall asleep last night and after 30 min i wake up and dind't knew where i am, ho i am, started to asked my self how is my life.then the panic..i had to walk in the house to relax and finaly i remember..it's not the first time for me to wake up very confused, but this episode really scared me..i dont take medicine and i dont use drugs...not drinking problems..
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replied August 31st, 2013
waking up in a panic not knowing who i am or where i am
Same with me. Been happening to me most of my life.its gotten to the point that I pray to god not to let it happen before I go to bed. Doesnt always work.super scary. Nice to know I'm not the only one and I'm not crazy
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replied December 12th, 2013
I have been having the same issue. Especially when we got our new pillow topper. I think I was falling into to deep of a sleep. It's a scary feeling and people think you are crazy if it doesn't happen to them. I have sleep apnea and am going to see my dr soon about this issue. I looks like it's normal but would really love to sleep with that pillow topper again! Try leaving a dim light on. It seems to work for me...a grown man with a night light, real nice
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replied January 5th, 2014
I started taking bupropion anti depressant and worked fine the fist week but the 2nd I also was waking up not knowing where I am or knowing my own room. Heart was pounding though my body it was real scary I was breathing hard the rest of the night and could not sleep. I stopped taking it feel a lot better Never happened before Check your meds they could be why
David
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replied February 13th, 2014
This has happened to me twice in the last 6 months. Last night was scary. I awoke in the middle of the night in a panic. I couldn't remember my kids name or my own personal history . I woke my wife once I recognized her. When I saw my 2year old daughter in the bed everything came back. Her name was liberty .The other two names came to me also. My wife's name came back and finally all was recalled. I'm scared .
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replied May 29th, 2014
I've been getting these for a year and a half-ever since I started having other withdrawal symptoms from tappering my antidepressant. I don't even have to be fully asleep to have an episode, just in a deep twighlight sleep. I was getting them about once every 2 months or so until recently (last 2 weeks) I've been having the every 2-4 days. I've also had brainfog during the day time. There's no doubt in my mind that it is a withdrawal symptom from tappering from the Effexor (antidepressant). I've never had this before my tappering. It may, however, be more directly due to the insomnia (4 hrs a night sleep) that I've been having for the same period of tappering (1.5 yrs). But the insomnia is also a withdrawal symptom, so it's all really more or less related to withdrawal in any case.
There are other possibilities, something called T.E.A.
Transient Eliptical Amnesia which is caused by small sezures after falling to sleep, but I think it would be unreasonable to not conclude that the cause in my case is due to antidepressant withdrawal-too much of a coincedense. And I'll bet other drugs like benzos and even alcohol abuse can cause this sort of thing, too.
Someone here mentioned punching the headboard or something like that--he should know that punching or kicking during dreams is not uncommon with those on an antidepressant.
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replied September 8th, 2014
Just happened to me too!
This happens to me sometimes, actually just happened right now which is why I'm on this forum. I hope this helps:
Parasomnias
Parasomnias are undesired, disruptive events that occur during sleep, such as:

Nightmares - waking up in a panic after a disturbing dream.
Night terrors - waking up with an unresponsive look and acting fearful or aggressive.
Sleepwalking - getting out of bed and walking while still asleep.
Confusion arousal - waking up confused or disoriented; sometimes called "sleep drunkenness."
Signs & Symptoms
A person suffering from a parasomnia will commonly wake up shouting, crying or speaking incoherently. Injuries to yourself or a bed partner during sleep can also indicate a parasomnia. The person may also avoid going to sleep for fear of experiencing a parasomnic episode.


Treatment
Your doctor may first explore whether conditions such as depression or anxiety are causing parasomnias and need to be treated.

If a parasomnia is not related to a mental health condition, treatment might involve behavior modification through hypnosis or relaxation techniques. Prescription tranquilizers may also be appropriate.

Prevention is often the best treatment for a parasomnia. Getting a full night of sleep, keeping a regular sleep schedule and avoiding alcohol before going to bed can help prevent parasomnic events. Illegal drugs as well as prescribed medications, including sleeping pills, can trigger parasomnias in some people.
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replied December 4th, 2014
Yup...happening to me to. Just happened. Been happening almost every day for a few weeks. Temp memory loss. Can't recall wife's first name.. Sometimes last few seconds, other times last 15 seconds... I was just napping now, woke, and it was hard to remember her name.. Also very briefly forgot sons name - that's new. Not who they are, but names... And what's really bizarre is that.. While I'm at a loss for her name.. I can recall all the names of my neighbors during this .... Bizarre... I was recently dx with sleep apnea and I do have Hashimoto's autoimmune.
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