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Gamla tiders nattliga Incubus - En psykisk sjukdom idag?
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Nocturnal Incubus of the Past - A Mental Disorder Today? (English)
Abstract [sv]

Sömnparalys innebär att man vaknar upp men inte kan röra sig, och ofta har man skrämmande sinnesupplevelser. Tolkningen och upplevelsen under en sömnparalys kan leda till rädsla att berätta om paralysen, och även om man berättar kan det leda till social stigmatisering och feldiagnostisering.En enkätinsamling gjordes med 100 studenter. Huvudfrågan var om upplevarna av sömnparalys var oroliga för att berätta om det, för att de är rädda att ses som psykiskt sjuka. De som haft sömnparalys berättade för andra, men hellre för någon de känner väl. De och dem som inte upplevt sömnparalys såg det som ett fysiskt problem snarare än ett psykiskt. Risken för stigmatisering och psykisk feldiagnostisering är reducerad, men mer forskning och utbildning i ämnet behövs.

Abstract [en]

Sleep paralysis means waking up and being unable to move, and are often accompanied with frightening perceptual experiences. The interpretation and experience perceived during sleep paralysis, may lead to fear of telling others about the paralysis, because of the risk for social stigma and misdiagnosis. A survey was conducted with a group of hundred students. The main question was if experiencers are afraid to tell others with the fear of risking been perceived as mentally ill. The experiencers did tell others, but rather to those they knew well. They as well as the non-experiencers viewed it as a physical problem rather than a psychological one. The risk of social stigma and misdiagnosis are reduced, but more research and education in the subject is needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Sleep paralysis, interpretation, stigma, misdiagnosis
Keyword [sv]
Sömnparalys, tolkning, stigmatisering, feldiagnostisering
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-15809ISRN: ORU-JPS/PSY-GK-2011/0007--SEOAI: diva2:421136
Subject / course
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-07-07 Created: 2011-06-07 Last updated: 2011-07-07Bibliographically approved

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