Nightmares, night terrors and dream enactment are common clinical presentations in brain disorders. Yet, how do you distinguish between them? The conditions can have a profound impact on sleep, mental health, daytime functioning/quality of life, and the future development of neurodegenerative disorders. In this interactive masterclass, we will describe three patients presenting with screaming in the night, and demonstrate the nuances which help differentiate between them, their underlying pathologies and approaches to treatment. Through patient interviews, excerpts from patient sleep studies, and multi-speciality discussion, you will learn how to take a structured approach to these disorders as they arise in clinical practice.
Chair: Dr Ian Hall, Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust, and Chief Examiner, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Terrors of the Past - Dr David O'Regan, Consultant Psychiatrist in Sleep Medicine, Guy's and St. Thomas' Foundation Trust, London, President
When the policeman calls - Dr Alexander Nesbitt, Consultant Neurologist, Guy's and St. Thomas' Foundation Trust, London
Punching the Wall - Dr Ken Courtenay, Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability, Barnet Enfield and Haringey MH NHS Trust London, Chair, Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, Royal College of Psychiatrists