‘The Ghost Pushes You Down’: Sleep Paralysis-Type Panic Attacks in a Khmer Refugee Population

@article{Hinton2005TheGP,
  title={‘The Ghost Pushes You Down’: Sleep Paralysis-Type Panic Attacks in a Khmer Refugee Population},
  author={D. Hinton and V. Pich and Dara Chhean and M. Pollack},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={46 - 77}
}
Among a psychiatric population of Cambodian refugees (N = 100), 42% had current - i.e. at least once in the last year - sleep paralysis (SP). Of those experiencing SP, 91% (38/42) had visual hallucinations of an approaching being, and 100% (42/42) had panic attacks. Among patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; n = 45), 67% (30/45) had SP, whereas among those without PTSD, only 22.4% (11/45) had SP (χ2 = 20.4, p < .001). Of the patients with PTSD, 60% (27/45) had monthly episodes of… Expand
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