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what is the definition or description of: nightmares?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Nightmares are: disturbing dream that may be associated with negative feelings, such as anxiety or fear. They are common and usually not significant unless they disrupt sleep or cause fear of going to sleep, and cause ongoing distress or problems. They may result from stress, trauma, sleep deprivation, scary experiences (movies and books), medications, or substance abuse. Seek evaluation if problematic.

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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.
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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.
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Why do we have dreams at night-time? What is it for?

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Brain Processing: Our dreams are essentially our brain's way of processing information it has collected over the short term. We have dreams during a certain phase of sleep called rapid eye movement; we have about 4 REM cycles per night (if you have a normal 7-8 hour sleep period). It is important that we dream, as this is partly what helps us awaken feeling rested and refreshed. People who sleep, but don't dream enough, will not feel like they are getting enough rest.
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.

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