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Comment from: A French child, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: September 22

During WW2, I was a young child (4-8). I had frequent nightmares and night fears. Dreams of people cut into bits; afraid of pipe shapes (guns?), of propeller shapes. This must have been due to stories I heard, perhaps also to some extent to some more mysterious form of perception. Then, around 10, I had fears of fire at night, I almost thought I saw fires; I have no explanation for this. Later as an adult in Algeria, in conditions of immediate physical danger, all irrational fears of the dark disappeared for good!

Comment from: terri, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I suffer from Night Terrors, and am 26. I have always had this issue, but it gets worse if i've had a particularly stressful day, for example, a family upset or argument. Also, if I am not tired enough, I will also have them. Sometimes there is no cause for it, and I have different episodes in different places. My Husband comforts me and tells me to go back to sleep, which works, or if I wake myself up, I sit with the light on until the fear has gone. Outwardly, usually, I will sit up in my bed screaming, or rush to find a light switch, or sometimes, just be rooting around in a panic. For me, there is often a csue for this reaction: a person I can see in my room, rats, spiders, etc. Sometimes I don't remember, but if I wake myself up I do.

Comment from: jrprell, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 23

My son is dealing with night terrors right now. He is 3-1/2 years old and wakes up yelling for Mommy but does not recognize me when I go to him. He is sweaty and is thrashing around. He is breathing faster, kind of panting, and his pulse is racing. It is a very scary occurrence.

Comment from: andysmom3, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 30

My son is 3 1/2 he starts screaming and I can't wake him up. He looks around like something is getting him. Sometimes he acts like he is hurt and nothing is there. I just grab him and hold him and sing sometimes that help. SOMETIMES but not all. It's so scary when your child acts like that and you can't do anything to help.

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