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A 28-year-old female asked:

Is there a medical or psychological explanation for why adults sometimes have bad dreams? what are the most common causes/reasons for them?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Dreams: are one way that we work through conflicts and work on healing. Nightmares sometimes are symbolic and are a way that we try to work through issues that may be lingering. Vivid dreams or nightmares can also occur as a side effect from some medications.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
NIGHTMARES: We all dream every night & don't remember the dreams unless there is a very upsetting reason either because of physical illness or emotional problems. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to know if you have a physical illness. If cleared consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy to help you with ZOOM & a Psychiatrist for medication & possible sleep study.
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