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A 24-year-old female asked:

what causes nightmare?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Nightmares: Nightmares can be associated with another sleep disorder. Many other factors can trigger nightmares, including: stress, trauma, scary books and movies, bedtime snacks, illness, medications, and substance abuse.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
WorkingInternalFears: During sleep, our minds/brains work to both integrate awake experiences into memory &, as part of this, make sense of many issues, correctly or incorrectly, the best we can. Fears, anger & sadness, emotions we typically have the most difficulty with, are commonly repressed while awake; allows function & interaction with others. However, while dreaming, issues are worked on & sometimes remembered.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
2 types: One type of nightmare occurs as part of ptsd and repeats a traumatic experience, much unchanged. Another represents in poetic, frightening imagery, fears we would prefer not to face.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
No More Nightmares: When we have disturbing or distressing experiences we are supposed to dream about them but you can learn how to sleep through them. When you sleep through your dreams, you won't care because you won't remember them. The most important factor in dreams is how we respond to them. Please see No More Nightmares-How to Use Planned Dream Intervention to End Nightmares

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there such a thing as a chronic nightmare disorder?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Technically, no.: It's most likely what people call night terrors, or it's flash backs to traumas that appear in ptsd poeple's dreams as if occuring again. There is no official diagnosis of chronic nightmare disorder just night terror disorder - chronic nightmares causing awakening in the middle of the night with no memory of doing so. Commonly "flash backs" are understood as ptsd memories come back to life again.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do I stop a recurring nightmare from recurring?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Evaluation will help: You need an evaluation, may need psychiatric help to clarify this. It may be a simpleanswer but would get it checked out.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Dose anyone know the definition of nightmare disorder?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Who cares?: There are many sleep meds to fix it. See a sleep specialist.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do you know a way to wake yourself up during a nightmare?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
No: A psychiatric evaluation may help.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Extremely vivid and terrifying dreams every night. How do I break the cycle?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Need more info: Is it the same, recurring dream? Is it based on a real-life trauma? What meds are you taking on a regular basis? What meds have you tried to help with the problem? Do you use recreational drugs? How long has it been going on? Perhaps if you come to a professional with answers to the above questions ready you can get effective help sooner. I wish you the best in finding relief.

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