Sleepwalking

By: Alex Hoss

Disorders

There are six types of disorders that people really put on high alert. Here are some of them: Anxiety is the general condition of fear or dread, that occurs in response to an imagined danger. Some examples of this would be a phobic disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and even obsessive compulsive disorder. These disorders play with your mind, and tricks it to say something is out of place, or something is going to happen, etc. Another disorder would be a Disassociative disorder. It is the separation of feelings, memories, or emotions. There are three types of these disorders: Dissociative amnesia, which is sudden memory loss which eventually returns. Disassociative fugue, which is the adoption of a new identity. The last one is disassociative disorder, which is formerly called multiple personality disorders. Thirdly, Somatization is expressed through physical symptoms that can be explained with a physical cause/illness. Some disorders connected to these are conversion disorder which is loss of physical function. Hypochondria is when you are convinced you are sick all the time. Schizophrenia is the most serious of the disorders - this is when you have loss of contact with reality. There are three specific personality disorders, these are disruptive patterns of personality that negatively impacts ones life. The first one is Schizoid-lack of interest in social relationships. These people seem to not care if they have friends or not, it just does not really matter to them. The second one is antisocial in which you do not associate with other people on a social level. The last one is narcissistic which is the preoccupation with self. The last of the six disorders is Mood disorders. These are characterized by the elevation or lowering of a persons mood.
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Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking is very common in society. It is estimated that between 1% and 15% of society is affected by this disorder. There are more than three million cases per year. Sleepwalking is the act of getting up and walking around while asleep. People can also perform complex behavior while sleeping, such as driving a car or cooking. People usually have no memory of the event. Doctors usually diagnose these sleeping disorders as sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. Between men and women, both of them are equally affected. It is more common in kids from the ages 6-12. Sleepwalking usually occurs after you have been asleep for 1-2 hours. Scientists know a lot about sleepwalking, but you can't really prevent it. A famous celebrity that has been affected with sleepwalking is Jennifer Aniston. She says she set off her home burglar alarm when she was sleepwalking. Sleepwalking is usually harmless, but there are some cases where somebody can actually do something serious and get injured or injure others.

Treatment

This type of disorder cannot be cured, but treatment may help. Some treatments includes living with improved sleeping habits, trying some relaxation techniques, as well as sleeping medication. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is one of the best medical centers for diagnosing this disorder and giving people the best treatment options possible also. In many cases, children who sleepwalk will "grow out of it" as they get older. Treatment is only necessary if a sleepwalking causes injury more than once.
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Work Cited

1.)Institute, Sleep Management. "About Us." About Us. Sleep Management Institute, 2010. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

2.)Foundation, National Sleep. "Sleepwalking." Disorder Causes & Solutions. National Sleep Foundation, 9 Apr. 2015. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

3.) Robinson, Jennifer R. "Sleepwalking Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments." WebMD. WebMD, 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.