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How To Tackle Your Child's Nightmares And Night Terrors

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Each September I have an influx of parents calling my office, worried about their child's level of anxiety. Kids often find the transition to a new school year emotionally taxing. They need to navigate the challenges of a new teacher and often they'll have new classmates as well. Some even need to find their way around a new school. Many children also need to re-regulate their sleep after spending the summer staying up much later than usual. This combination of stress factors can lead children to have nightmares and even night terrors.

I am often asked why kids seem to have so many nightmares. It is more common for children and young people to have nightmares, because the psyche of a young person is not completely developed. When a new event is experienced, the child needs to process it and make sense of it. Much of this processing happens during our dreams. When a young person experiences a frightening or traumatic event, that event kind of bounces around in the psyche trying to be processed. And they can frightened by things you might not expect. It can be a........

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