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A 35-year-old member asked:

I keep getting nightmares. am i depressed? is something wrong with my mental health?

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Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Talk to a therapist: Mental health disorders are defined as something that is interfering with your normal functioning. So unless the nightmares are making you unable to sleep, it's unlikely they would be considered a mental health disorder. However, it may be helpful to you to work out what is going on in your subconscious by talking to a therapist. Psychotherapy can be helpful even if you don't have a mental illness.
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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olsonanswered
Psychiatry 40 years experience
A nightmare: Nightmare are of many different causes. Trauma or overwhelming life events ala post-traumatic stress disorder can be responsible - psychotherapy specific to that diagnosis would likely work best. Prazosin works well. Medications or alcohol/substance abuse if responsible would be remedied by discontinuing them at least for a time to determine if responsible. Those sensitive may avoid horror movies.
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Last updated May 8, 2016

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