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Is there any therapy to stop my 8yo son from having nightmare most of the time?

Is there any therapy to stop my 8yo son from having nightmare most of the time?

Quite likely: Need more information. Nightmares can come from either external sources or brain changes. If they are new and things in his environment have been changing (stress, trauma, bullying, etc.), the best approach may be to identify the source and help him come to terms with what happened. If there is a physiological cause, he may need a sleep study and to work with a sleep disorders expert. ...Read more

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Are adolescent nightmare convulsions at all normal? My 8 year old son seems to convulse in his sleep and wakes up in a cold sweat. He claims to be having nightmares. Is this an adolescent thing? Could it have long term health implications?

Cold sweats: Your child is to young to be called an adolescent. He maybe having nightmares which can be brought on by too much scary movies or television before bed, but then again he may be having seizures. Try changing his life style before end. If no improvement i would get him evaluated by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Has your doctor: considered an off label of prazosin for your nightmares/ insomnia? Are you working with a provider who has expertise in PTSD? Don't know what type of therapy you are involved with. Cognitive Processing Therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR & virtual reality exposure therapy can be very helpful with PTSD. Don't lose hope. ...Read more

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Hi, I have just recently found out that my 8 year old son has a low O2 level when at physical therapy. It dropped down between 75-80 during his 45 min?

Hi, I have just recently found out that my 8 year old son has a low O2 level when at physical therapy. It dropped down between 75-80 during his 45 min?

Cardiac shunt: There are many causes for low O2. At his age a congenital cardiac shunt such as a septal defect is a possibility. I would recommend consultation at a major center. ...Read more

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Is there any known therapy methods for stopping PTSD nightmares? Consciously, I can handle what happened, but the nightmares won't go.

Is there any known therapy methods for stopping PTSD nightmares? Consciously, I can handle what happened, but the nightmares won't go.

Treatment options: Nightmares often decrease in severity/frequency with standard PTSD treatment. If they persist, however, additional treatments include medication and a form of therapy referred to as Imagery Rehearsal, in which the person changes the narrative of how the nightmare ends while they are awake. In addition, sleep disordered breathing is common in PTSD, and treating the same often yields improvement. ...Read more

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Is there any online group therapy for people with bad dreams?

See a professional: Bad dreams are a symptom of an underlying emotional issue. You should be trying deal with the underlying cause, not the symptom. A good psychotherapist should be able to help you get to the bottom of the problem so you don't have to keep having bad dreams. See a psychologist, or a psychiatrist (in person!) who specializes in psychotherapy. ...Read more

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I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

Continue: She should continue with physical therapy as long as it helps. As she gets older, some physical activities will take the place of the PT, but do not rush to end it if she is still benefiting. ...Read more

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What should I do about nightmares? Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

What should I do about nightmares?  Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

Yes: See a sleep specialist. Nightmares occur in rem sleep and can be suppressed by serotonin antidepressants. Night terrors occur in stage 4 sleep and are not recalled. They are better suppressed by tricyclic antidepressants or benzos. ...Read more