Nightmares....is it anxiety?!

Deepti - posted on 09/26/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have already discussed earlier abt my 11 year old who showed some symptoms of anxiety and I had him assessed but the Doctor said she was not giving him any medication as he seemed pretty well adjusted and social.
Sometimes I find him sobbing in his sleep and when i gently wake him, he says he's had a bad draem. Mostly it's always someone either attacking or chasing him with a knife or trying to run after him. Or the family.He seems to recover as the the morning progresses and starts his routine as usual but it upsets me. Why is he getting these dreams, are they significant or telling in any way or am I overreacting to typical nightmares that kids have. He doesn't get them very often, just now and then and he tells me when he has had them.
Otherwise he is well adjusted and happy although he is a little on the jumpity side and has a little nervous energy about him.

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Ami - posted on 09/27/2011

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Hi. i am sharing my experience .... My kids (aged 3 and a half and 7 and a half years) experience nightmares too. Often, i think, the images on TV have left an strong impact on their mind. Sometimes i am able to show them the link between their nightmares and the cartoons watched by them.

I would like to add that i have started using stories and personal experiences to talk about what families can do to enhance their sense of safety, about the importance of reaching out for help in times of need and of responding to another's need for help. All members in our family believe in the power of prayer and i hope that will also help the kids.

I hope what i have shared will be of some help to you.

Tamara - posted on 09/26/2011

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It could be a number of reasons, I think that dreams/nightmares are our inner most fears/desires/wants so with what you said maybe he is afraid of losing one of his family members or getting killed. or maybe he seen a scary movie recently and that has stuck in his head.

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