Dead Awake - The Shadow Man

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PostThu May 15, 2014 10:06 pm » by mistermassive1

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This documentary follows those who suffer from the rare disease named Narcolepsy, Cataplexy. Cataplexy is a sudden and transient episode of loss of muscle tone, often triggered by emotions. It is a rare disease, but affects roughly 70% of people who have narcolepsy. Cataplexy can also be present as a side effect of SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome.

Catalepsy manifests itself as muscular weakness which may range from a barely perceptible slackening of the facial muscles to the dropping of the jaw or head, weakness at the knees, or a total collapse. Usually the speech is slurred, vision is impaired (double vision, inability to focus), but hearing and awareness remain normal.

These attacks are triggered by strong emotions such as exhilaration, anger, fear, surprise, orgasm, awe, embarrassment, and laughter. A person's efforts to stave off cataleptic attacks by avoiding these emotions may greatly diminish their quality of life, and they may become severely restricted emotionally if diagnosis and treatment is not begun as soon as possible.

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Cataplexy is the sudden loss of muscle tone that is triggered by the experience of an intense emotion. The word cataplexy comes from the Latin word “cataplessa” which means, “to strike down with fear or the like” . Cataplexy is the result of an absence of the hypocretin (also known as orexin) neurotransmitter in the hypothalamus. Although it is commonly linked to the syndrome narcolepsy, it may be associated with other pathological conditions. In this review, we will specifically focus on cataplexy and describe its clinical features, its association with the neurotransmitter hypocretin and the human leukocyte antigen DQB1*0602, as well as treatment options.

This would certainly not be something you would want to experience but the seeing of the "shadow man" by all the experiencers is indeed interesting.

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PostFri May 16, 2014 12:15 am » by Slith

Looks interesting.

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