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date: 24 September 2019

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This chapter encompasses a discussion of nighttime fears, nightmares, and parasomnias in healthy, normally developing children and among children with anxiety disorders. Prevalence, presentation, differential diagnosis, and treatment are discussed from a developmental perspective. The relationship between anxiety disorders and sleep is discussed, highlighting the anxiety disorders most commonly associated with nighttime fears and nightmares: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), separation anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Keywords: nighttime fears, nightmares, anxiety disorders, parasomnias, sleep disorders, bedtime resistance

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