I just read the rest of the thread....
|I know she has seen that new movie commercials "The Village". Heck, that has freaked me out!!|
She sounds a lot like me as a child. I was very very sensitive to anything scary that I saw (and still am). I saw Amityville Horror when I was 13 and I couldn't sleep for weeks after that. It was pounded into my head that it wasn't true, and I completely understood that, but I was still affected just the same. And after Psycho I wouldn't take a shower without constantly peeking out of the shower curtain (and still did that well into adulthood :LOL). I was convinced that he was right on the other side of the curtain standing over me with a knife :LOL. Some of us are just more sensitive to that kind of stuff than others. Give us an opportunity to let our vivid imaginations run wild and we'll take off with it.
Maybe the best thing you can do is go with her to check under the bed, in the closet, etc. before turning off the lights at night. But I know from experience that will probably not be enough. Help her feel secure and safe. If you are willing, let her sleep in your room at least until she regains her security. Those images will stick in the mind for quite a while, but they do eventually fade (until the next image is introduced anyway).
Maybe get her a doll, angel or stuffed animal that will symbolically watch over her every night and keep her safe. , it worked for me as a kid. My Mom even got me a little vial of Holy Water from a church, I kept it by my bed at night (and I'm not even religious :LOL). We are a strange breed. But please be patient with her and help her out of it. She needs your reassurance and love. I used to feel so bad and abandoned when my Mom would get mad at me (or ignore me) for it. And don't make her feel silly. That'll just make her feel ashamed but it won't take care of the problem.