#1
I know there's a no medical thread rule and all that jazz but i just want a little help

I've been having a ton of sleep paralysis lately and i just woke up to it now
(yeah, i went to the pit, seriously) and what happened in it was enough to scare the living shit out of me.

Does anyone else have this as a recurring problem? is there anything i can do about it? What will doctors do if i go to a doctor for it?

I've had it happen before but it's been happening over and over and, to be frank, i do have mental instability and hints of psychosis. Will/can they do anything for me? What just happened has scared me shitless.

I've gone through a psychotic episode before and it's nothing i ever want to experience again, and this is starting to recur a lot and this is what built up to my last one. It started out with sleep paralysis every night until i started hallucinating while i was awake and i deteriorated until the point they wanted to hospitalize me.

If i go now, what can/will/ would they do? I Don't want to lose myself again

Tl;dr i know it's a long post and this is the pit and most people won't care, but for those who do read it you'd really be helping to ease the mind or at least give me some sense of sympathy. Please give me some information
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#2
It only happens to me when my depression is really bad, or when I'm really stressed, and the two often go hand in hand. The best thing you can do is try to do some relaxation techniques before sleep. I wish you the best though.
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It only happens to me when my depression is really bad, or when I'm really stressed, and the two often go hand in hand. The best thing you can do is try to do some relaxation techniques before sleep. I wish you the best though.


I've been incredibly depressed and stressed too. I just don't want to go through another episode of full blown psychosis and thank you for taking the time to read and respond joel.
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#4
Yeh no worries mate. Just try not to get too worried about this. I mean, it's definitely scary, but you don't want to add more to your already full plate of stress.

Hang in there mate
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#6
only time I ever have sleep paralysis is when I take naps mid day, afraid I'm no help.

Maybe try to fill your day with something outside like reading a book in the park or walking your neighbours dog, helps me sleep sometimes

hope it all goes well though, because I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure we're the same person and I don't want to lose my mind either D:
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#7
medications exist for psychosis but they're not friendly. best to see a psychiatrist and figure out why you're having psychotic episodes. antipsychotics may not be necessary if, for example, the breaks are related to anxiety.
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medications exist for psychosis but they're not friendly. best to see a psychiatrist and figure out why you're having psychotic episodes. antipsychotics may not be necessary if, for example, the breaks are related to anxiety.


It seems like with this post you assumed i'm a self diagnoised psychotic or that i don't already see a psychiatrist

i'm not and i already do :/
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It seems like with this post you assumed i'm a self diagnoised psychotic or that i don't already see a psychiatrist

i'm not and i already do :/


well a monkey could diagnose psychosis. i assumed you diagnosed yourself because your first thought was to come to the pit and not schedule a sooner appointment with your doctor. seriously, if you're having psychotic breaks, there's no way for any of us to help you, short of me mailing you a box of antipsychotics.
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well a monkey could diagnose psychosis. i assumed you diagnosed yourself because your first thought was to come to the pit and not schedule a sooner appointment with your doctor. seriously, if you're having psychotic breaks, there's no way for any of us to help you, short of me mailing you a box of antipsychotics.


I see them for a completely different reason

But do you have any clue what they'd do if i told them about it or if they'd simply say 'it happens'?
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Specialists should be able to do something. Sleep paralysis isn't a disorder, it's usually a symptom of something. So you could do a sleep study and a specialist could determine which disorder you have. Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, anxiety disorders, etc could all cause it, and can be treated.

As others have said, it could be part of depression and what not, which should be treated by your psychiatrist. What did he say about your sleep paralysis?
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As others have said, it could be part of depression and what not, which should be treated by your psychiatrist. What did he say about your sleep paralysis?


in a nutshell?

eh.

the last time this happened it was the lead up to a psychotic episode and this is not something i want to happen ever again
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#13
I sometimes get sleep paralysis myself. It's kinda scary because I feel like I can see my surrroundings as if people are watching me struggle in my sleep. Sometimes I'll even see figures like weird scary people on the roof and the most typical is big scary spiders on my walls.

But I'm afraid I'm not of any help because as others have said I usually get it when I'm stressed or depressed.
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yeah

The stressed and depressed part doesn't help me because 3 of you know me fairly personally and know i'm always stressed and depressed

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#16
hey chookie, I think moving out of KY would solve like half your problems lel

(No but seriously, I don't have any kind of medical advice to add)
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#17
Try to sleep on your side or your front. Sleeping on your back has been found to be a major contributor to sleep paralysis.
Also, try to maintane a regular sleep schedule and avoid stimulants such as caffeine. This will also have a good effect on you stress problems.
#18
It happened to me a lot when I was depressed and had bad sleeping patterns. My worst bit was in the library at school right before I was going to go to course to take a mid term. I took a nice 45 minute nap before my course started and when I tried to wake up, I couldn't...

My eyes were open slightly and I saw shades walk past me. I kept telling myself in my mind that this was sleep paralysis and that I needed to get up now. The more I pushed my will, the more my body responded. I had a huge jerk of my head to the left, and then to the right, then I fell over on the couch and I was still paralyzed. I then got up feeling as if I drank a shit ton of alcohol, my speech was slurred and my walking was terrible. Felt like I got hit by a truck.

I guess better eating and finding ways to keep yourself from being overwhelmed by stress helps a lot. I know I did afterwards. I practice meditation, mantras, a lot of positive thinking and surround myself with positivity to prevent shitty stuff like this.

Last time I had paralysis I was trapped on my bed and I thought it turned into a tower miles high. Fucckng bullshit..
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#19
I used to get it a lot. It's scary, but if you stay as calm as possible and tell yourself exactly what's happening, it breaks much sooner. If you panic, then it gets worse. Also, trying to tense and untense all your muscles helps too
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#20
Thanks for posting this, I had this happen to me once a few months ago but didn't know it was an actual "thing".

So yeah I woke up middle of the night, dark as ****, but just couldn't move and was almost %100 sure there was something in the room holding me down, I could swear I actually saw a figure next to my bed.

It freaked me right out because I have no belief in anything supernatural or any deities or anything so seeing what I thought I saw made me panic a little.

Luckily it only lasted probably 10 seconds and I hadn't thought about it again until you posted this.

Reading up on this on Wikipedia was astonishing how the description so closely described my experience.

If I were you I would be going to see someone even if it's only the slightest of chances of it being "cured". **** living with that.
#21
I don't get it all that regularly, but when I do it's quite bad. It doesn't seem to linked to my mental state/stress. It mainly correlates with my sleeping patterns. It tends to happen if I have little to no sleep the night before, and have a small nap before bed (sleeping for half an hour on the sofa, getting up, brushing my teeth, going straight to bed, that sort of deal). It may or may not be helpful, but I'd just try and normalise your sleeping routine as much as possible before looking to doctors/medication.
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#22
I only had it one time and it was the most horrifying experience I've had in my life. It was so terrible that what I did was just resign and said: "**** it, if I'm going do die I'm going to die, trying to scream my lungs out won't help shit" and just closed my eyes, next thing I knew I was waking up. I don't have this as a recurring problem or know how to fix it but I feel for you if you get this often. What I think helped me the time I got it was just relaxing and closing my eyes instead of panicking, but that could be easier said than done.
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I only had it one time and it was the most horrifying experience

I'm not surprised you found it horrifying.
The word 'nightmare' is actualy based upon sleep paralysis.
'Mare' is an old word for an evil female spirit, kinda like a succubus. but usualy depicted as an old woman or even as a goblin.

It used to be thought that sleep paralysis was caused by a visitation of the mare during the night (hence 'nightmare') and that it would sit on the victim's chest making them unable to move and have difficulty breathing.

This is a famous painting by John Henry Fuseli called 'The Nightmare' painted in 1781 which depicts it quite nicely.
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#25
I experience it like 2 or 3 times a week, and one the nights I have it it'll happen at least 3 or so times. It starts off scary but then you learn to cope with it, and once you've learnt that it starts becoming really cool and interesting. It's always unnerving, but when you understand what it is it's basically just a cool little trip before bed, sometimes though you lose control and shit does just get very scary. I once heard people shrieking, screaming in pain and horror, but not like physical pain, emotional/spiritual, I can remember realising that the screams were the screams of woman with lost children, people who'd lost everything, husks of people. Was scary stuff. This was all incredibly loud and real.
#26
When I have it, I have it multiple times in one night, so it was annoying when I'd feel myself going off to sleep because I'd just end up in sleep paralysis. I've never opened my eyes cause I've heard about the hallucinations thing, but several times I've heard these really loud Psycho strings noises, and when I try to move I just end up moving a dream version of that limb and my brain gets really noisy and uncomfortably... fuzzy, or something.

You have to find a part that you can manage to move and then you should be able to wake yourself up from there.
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#27
Whenever I get it I'm Lucid so I try to just go with it. Eventually you wake up as normal