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Repeated nightmares

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Repeated nightmares involve a reoccurring theme in a series of bad dreams.

Nightmares begin in childhood usually before the age of 10 and are considered a normal part of childhood unless they significantly interfere with sleep, physical development, or psychosocial development. They tend to be more common in girls than in boys.

Nightmares may continue into adulthood. Nightmares in adulthood are often associated with outside stressors or exist concurrently with another mental disorder

Update Date: 5/21/2003

Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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