I have been learning from the thread regarding anxiety contributing to night terrors. Last year, difficult child had some serious nightmares - I don't remember if they reached night terror stage but I do remember that they did get intense and scared him. He was in the depth of his anxiety. My question is: Is an increase in nightmares a sign of anxiety increasing or something else? How do you know when a nightmare is just a nightmare or connected to a health issue? difficult child has been doing very well. He has overcome so much from last year's experiences with deep anxiety. There is a lot going on this Spring - School Musical, class trip, trip to NYC with his aunt and uncle, 6th grade graduation, facing this Summer outside of school, and thinking about a new school next Fall (a much larger school). He seems to be handling these pressures very well. difficult child just came up to me tonight about another nightmare he has had recently. I would say he has had about 3 nightmares he has told me about in the last month. They have the same undertone as last year's nightmares. Usually involving him hurting people. For example, his latest one is that the Grim Reaper was trying to get him and our puppy to plant bombs. He knew it was wrong and didn't want to so he was hiding. Last year he struggled with "his body telling him to do harmful things." At first to himself but then included hurting me and others. Are his increasing nightmares telling me something? I will report it to therapist next Friday. I encouraged difficult child to write down his nightmares so he can remember the details to talk to therapist about. Do these self harming and harming others thoughts point to something besides anxiety? Also, he is 12 years old. For some reason, I thought nightmares were common at different stages of growth. Anyone have input on that view?