Re: 9 year old with VIVID nightmares...Help??
It may be helpful to her to have a notebook or journal by her bed and to write the dream down and all the feelings she associates to it. It is important to remember she is the author of the story in the dream and it frequently represents feelings that she is stuggling with, not the literal content of the dream. She may be beginning the earliest stages of puberty (some subtle changes can occur before the more obvious physical ones), which can be scary, exciting, confusing and associated with intense feelings. If she has experienced any major changes in the family, that can also contribute to more intense dreams. Many times, people who are more sensitive and creative remember and experience their dreams more intensively, especially those that occur more toward morning and that they awake from. Sometimes, when one is fighting an infection or other physical issues, nightmares may occur.