Psychotherapy with night-terror patients

Am J Psychother. 1982 Jul;36(3):399-407. doi: 10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1982.36.3.399.


This is the first report of the effectiveness of psychotherapy in treating adult night-terror patients. Night terrors were eliminated or drastically reduced in two patients who completed psychotherapy. A third patient discontinued therapy and showed no improvement. Thus, the primary role of psychopathology in the production of night terrors in adulthood was illustrated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Compulsive Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy*