Anonymous said: Is sleep paralysis considered a mental disorder?
Hi there, dear!
In most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems.Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis may accompany other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an overpowering need to sleep caused by a problem with the brain’s ability to regulate sleep, but it is usually never associated with a mental disorder.
Now, of course people who have mental disorders can suffer from sleep paralysis but it isn’t considered it’s own mental disorder. It is however considered a sleep disorder, but not a mental disorder. Sleep paralysis is really something that everyone can experience at least once, it’s happened to me a couple times.
But, in short, no sleep paralysis is not considered a mental disorder and it isn’t directly associated with any mental disorders either. It can accompany a physical condition like Narcolepsy though. If you’re having this a lot I would recommend going to see a doctor and checking to see if it is just you not cycling through sleep properly or something else like Narcolepsy.
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