hi everyone. i'm new here, and i have a scary new problem in my world that maybe someone here can help me with. i have a 10 year daughter and about 4 days ago she started freaking out. let me explain. she woke up and started screaming. we ran to her bed, and she was up, wide eyed and started talking loudly and gesticulating - going on about how she was poisoned and that we needed to call the police. then she was start whispering, and then she'd get loud again. the lights were on, she was awake, looking us in the eye and assuring us that this is real and she needs help NOW. we convinced her to go back to sleep. an hour later, the same thing happened. this time it was about water and some people and something or another. again, she went to sleep, and again woke up in a craze about an hour later. this is the 4th night in a row that this cycle has happened. she talks about "breathing trees" and desperately asks us, pleads with us, to verify that she "has a face" and that it's not missing. when she was little, she had night terrors. we know what those are - and this is very, very different. she is completely awake and remembers everything the next day. she is relatively functional during the day, but she refuses to eat and never wants to be alone because she says she is scared of being alone. i dont know what's going on. no fever, no medications. she hasn't hit her head, she hasn't been sexually molested, she hasn't been exposed to dangerous chemicals. her pediatrician has no idea, the blood work came back negative for substances. we have an appointment with a child psychiatrist next week, but i'm not sure we're going to make it. my wife and i are fried after 4 nights of this - she now sleeps in our bed and every hour or two she wakes up completely panicked over some bizarre thing. ok, so any ideas what's going on? i know child onset schizophrenia is rare, but what else could this possibly be? i can't believe this is really happening.