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My 3 Year Old Daughter Screams And Is Very Violent Every Night!

by Cassandra

So this has been going on since she was 2. And occasionally I will get a couple night's break where this doesn't happen but it is almost every night and sometimes up to 3 times a night.

She will start crying and screaming no or stop or just something in an angry way (not scared) I tell her I'm here and she will start hitting me sometimes. A couple times it was so violent she picked up a space heater and threw it across the room and then tried digging through our wood floor.

I'm exhausted and just don't know what to do anymore. She is a very sweet smart girl all day. She rarely is mad or crying but as soon as she falls asleep i know it won't be long before she is freaking out!!! I would like to understand why this happens and what I can do to help her and me.

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Aug 14, 2016
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by: Robert S

Your post so far is the only one that describes a very similar situation to ours. Our son is violent, not scared, and he lashes out at us (usually me, Dad, but often mom as well). From all the descriptions of night terrors, it just doesn't seem to fit.

He starts thrashing and punching and kicking while screaming 'I hate you, go away' at the top of his lungs. He doesn't appear fully conscious but he sometimes responds coherently to a question.

Have you found any more answers to this?

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