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Badly shocked

My 6 years old daughter watched a horror movie at an electronic store while we were busy in shopping at a different counter.since then she is badly upset, telling us that she is scared that ghost in the movie will come and take her away.the scenes of blood and knife hounts her.she is almost always weeping/sobbing,complaining of stomach ache and nausea feeling thus completely lost her apettite.our convincing that it was just a movie, and the ghost can never be a reality, it hasnt worked.it is now 6 days since it all began.please help.
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Dr. Vikas Khanna Delhi | Hypnotherapist
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The child is sensitive for sure, do find out anything which is affecting her. Secondly...do not discuss about the movie and do not explain her , she will stay focused on that for longer that way. If that does not work too, may be funny cartoon character depicting monsters would redefine the meaning for her!!
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Ms. Sneha Bhat Bangalore | Counselling Psychologist
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Dear Parents,

As the cause of your daughter's panic is the characters in the horror movie which she believes to be true, she shall overcome this panic if one of you dress up in a weird & little frightening way to show her & convince her that it's just the people like you & her who are dressed in a horrifying way. Better way is to dress up herself differently & explain. She shall understand. Also make her see that it's not blood & just red colour.

Sudden exposures like this may naturally frighten children because children aren't yet developed to analyze & interpret. You may consider a consultation with a professional if she still retains her panic.

Good Luck..!!

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Dr. Darpan Kaur Mumbai | Psychiatrist
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Dear Parent, I can empathize with your situation as it can be a stressful as a parent to see your six your old girl go through psychological difficulties. Based on the information you have provided, your child may be having a anxious temperament or nature and this event could have made her traumatized considering her anxious temperament. She may be having additional childhood phobias developing. She may have felt abandoned psychologically for those brief moments and would have not been able to find you around could have triggered anxiety in the child. Kindly understand that if there is prior history of being anxious then she may be having an underlying child hood anxiety symptoms or disorder which needs detailed evaluation. Specific phobias such as fear of ghosts,fear of dark,fear of being alone are common in children. Moreover considering the symptoms building up and her situation worsening over these six days; I think her anxiety is worsening psychologically. Moreover there may be many other factors such as negative events at home; school; friends; etc which need to be evaluated in detail which could be contributing to her symptoms. As you have already tried to talk to her and it is not working; I suggest that you consult a psychiatrist at the earliest for your child. The psychiatrist shall clinically evaluate your child ; shall talk to your child; shall talk to you as parents and counsel your child and you as parents as well. The psychiatrist may advice some psychological tests for your child to elicit more about her conflicts; fears; anxiety;,etc. The psychiatrist shall do some child psychotherapy to reduce her anxiety and teach her relaxation exercises . The psychiatrist shall provide your parental guidance as well on handling such behaviours. With few sessions of therapy ; your child shall improve . Considering your age of the child; and based on severity of symptoms ; the psychiatrist may suggest some medicine for your child anxiety based on expert for short term use if symptoms appear very severe clinically in the evaluation session . Play based sessions can also be helpful. Kindly discuss your concerns as parents with the psychiatrist about various options of treatment for your child.
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Considering the symptoms increasing in severity over past few days; kindly consult a psychiatrist near your location at the earliest.
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Kindly be sympathetic towards your child.
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Ms. Hema Sampath Bangalore | Clinical Psychologist
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Hi,  be with her. Listen to her. Accept her fear first.
The tone that u acknowledge her feeling is very important.
It encourages her to share  with you anything in the future too.
She will definitely forget this by watching good movies along with her. Be available.
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Dr. Santanu Nath Kolkata | Biological Psychiatrist
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A stress in the form of the ghost (a stress indeed for your child of this age) can induce severe psychological distress as what has happened with your child. Going by the symptoms it appears to be Acute Stress Reaction. She needs psychological comfort and reassurance along with a very short course of anti-anxiety medicines (if at all needed). Its better if you consult a psychiatrist close to you who may help you.
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Venkat Raghav Bangalore | General Physician
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Hello....... She is 6 year old old child ... Be with her, forgetfulness is natural for any child, so she will forget it... Be careful about her likes and dislikes here onwards.... Take her to some nice place.. If she is medically I'll take her to general physician in nearest hospital...
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