Frequent Nightmares, Night Terrors In Kids May Be A Warning Sign Of Later Mental Illness

The Boston Globe (3/3, Salahi) reports in “Be Well” that research published in Sleep suggests that “children who often have nightmares or night terrors may be more likely to experience psychotic episodes such as hallucinations by early adolescence.”

HealthDay (3/1, Dallas) reported that investigators “analyzed a group of children six times between the ages of 2 and 9.” The investigators “found that children who had frequent nightmares before age 12 were three and a half times more likely to have psychotic experiences early in their teen years,” with the risk being even higher among those who had night terrors.

BBC News (3/1, Gallagher) pointed out that in the study, “nearly 6,800 people were followed up to the age of 12.”

Related Links:

— “Nightmare frequency linked to later psychotic episodes, ” Lara Salahi, Boston Globe, March 3, 2014.

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