Because the reasons underlying why we dream within normal behaviour are unclear, psychoanalytic dream analysis does not hold up against rigorous scientific enquiry. In Esther's case her dreams may be related to her current feelings of anxiety, but many children experience nightmares even over the long term for no apparent reason. Telling a child what their dreams mean at a deeper level may be relatively useless in making them feel more secure about their current situation. Dreams may well still reflect unconscious thought, but this symptom alone is likely to suggest post-traumatic stress disorder, which always produces conscious symptoms. There is also an inherent danger of over analysing these dreams in Esther's case. Many children have nightmares despite being happy the rest of the time and asking a child to consider these nightmares further may only increase their prevalence.
After writing just for myself for a while, I decided to share one of these informal essays with the ladies I had become close with on my Birth board. They all laughed, while encouraging me to share more. I love the feeling of making people laugh. It’s almost soul-cleansing, knowing that your words or actions can change a person’s mood. I felt like my essays were relatable. There was no “perfect parent” talk, or showing off. It was all about real moments in my everyday life. So every night, I carved out at least 30 minutes where I could spill everything I was feeling. The more I wrote, the better I felt. My light was finally lit again, after being out for so long. I enjoyed my quiet time, and sometimes I even wrote when my life wasn’t quiet at all.
Some common compulsions include hand washing, cleaning, checking things (., locks on doors), repeating actions (., turning on and off switches), ordering items in a certain way, and requesting reassurance.  Compulsions are different from tics (such as touching, tapping, rubbing or blinking)  and stereotyped movements (such as head banging, body rocking or self-biting), which usually aren't as complex and aren't precipitated by obsessions.  It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between compulsions and complex tics.  About 10% to 40% of individuals with OCD also have a lifetime tic disorder.