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A 37-year-old member asked:

what could be a cause of constant nightmares?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nightmares: Several possibilities -- among them, being on medications that are associated with nightmares, such as narcotics, antidepressants, and some antihypertensives. Drug and alcohol withdrawal can cause it. Also nightmares can certainly come with ptsd, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can lead to nightmares as well. See your doctor for help with this problem.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams that wake you up may be a symptom of unresolved trauma, or ongoing chronic stress. Think of it as a scratch on a vinyl record--it keeps skipping and repeating disturbing material that wakes you up. With the skill of Planned Dream Intervention you can learn how to sleep through your dreams. More from this provider.
Dr. Ricardo Fontillas
Child Psychiatry 37 years experience
Lots of things: If its a child, could be discord in the family, or allowing your child to view stupid movies like "chucky" or medications. Does the person have recall of the dreams? Some worry themselves into problems that they replay when they sleep. No recall of a dream (s) could be a night terror.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Certain blood pressure medications called Alpha adrenergic agents, like Clonidine or prazosin, are used to help eliminate nightmares. Also, antidepressants like zoloft, Prozac and Paxil (paroxetine) can sometimes help the nightmares. However, therapy remains the best treatment for ptsd and can help the nightmares in time.
A 41-year-old member asked:

My nightmares are getting more severe and frequent, is something wrong or will I grow out of it?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
? Sleep disorder: Depends on your overall health, medications you are taking, stress in your life, relatinships, what has gone on in your life in the past and use of drugs and alcohol. I would start with my pcp and then see if other physicians are necessary to be seen such as a sleep doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist or other specialist. Lots of factors to consider.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do to stop having terrible nightmares?

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Dr. Daniel Karlin
Psychiatry 12 years experience
Medication Option: I hope that you get psychologically minded options offered here as well, but i did want to offer that there is a medication, originally developed as a treatment for high blood pressure, which has been shown in multiple studies to reduce nightmares in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. A psychiatrist could evaluate your situation and determine if this option is appropriate for you.
Dr. Margarita Krasnova
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Hello, Dr. Karlin, I am working with veterans, and use this medication often. I find it helpful. The only problem, if veteran is older than 50, usually they already precribed medication for prostate enlargement, and we have to choose another option. What is your approach in these cases? Thanks you.
Dec 26, 2011
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to wake a person with schizophrenia while they're having nightmare?

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Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No: Actually the answer is probably yes, however patients with thought disorders can at times be unpredictable. That being said even patients that do not have mood or thought disorders do not like being awakend.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Why causes someone to constantly keep having nightmares ?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Stress/worries: Recurrent nightmares reflect stress/worries. Review your life, list your stressors, & seek solutions. Use strategies including talking with a trusted person, develop self calming skills, and eliminate unnecessary stresses. Review your internal dialogue as what we tell ourselves affects our stress/dreams. Develop a positive internal dialogue. Rewrite nightmares with positive ending-take charge.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Review current and additional medication options with your doctor, as this can be both the cause and the control of this syndrome.
Nov 20, 2012

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