Night Terror
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Night Terror

A child wakes up in an extreme state of panic, perhaps screaming out in fear and appearing dazed. Her heart races, she perspires, and she just can't seem to calm down. She may even hallucinate. Yet when you ask her what she was dreaming about, she might not be able to remember. The only thing she knows is that she is absolutely terrified. This is a night terror. How does it differ from a nightmare? Put simply, you could say that night terrors are basically severe nightmares. They are common in children ages three to five, but can also occur in older children and adults. Research shows that nearly two-thirds of adults say they have had one night terror or more. Night terrors are more frequent in males than females, though both boys and girls usually outgrow them by adolescence.

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