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hitting, screaming, kicking, etc. in my sleep

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I've been struggling with hitting, screaming, kicking, etc. in my sleep for quite a while. The other night I woke up trying to strangle my cat (not something I would ever even consider doing when awake). Unfortunately, I never remember dreams, so I'm not sure what is going on or what is triggering this. I am a survivor of childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse and suffer from PTSD. While my husband is used to me kicking, screaming and hitting, bringing my cats into it is something new. I don't want to hurt anyone or anything and don't know what to do to help end this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am in counseling, on antidepressants, but am highly stressed due to job pressures. I also wake up every night for about an hour and suffer from severe fatigue during the day--I take Provigil in make it through the work day. I also have MS and pernicious anemia. Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.


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replied January 29th, 2015
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Thank you for consulting e-healthforum. Your story is complex. It is hard to to be certain. You obviously have some sleep disorder. Possible causes: depression or sleep apnea. Your behavior in sleep is closest to REM sleep behavior disorder. Even though it is mostly associated with Parkinson's disease, similar phenomenon may be caused by other sleep disorders. SSRIs may worsen this phenomenon. You need an appropriate diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorder first. Daytime sleepiness will improve as well. Provigil is not a solution.


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