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how can i stop nightmares?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Eval first: Please seek evaluation. A comprehensive evaluation by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist may shed light on the matter. Sometimes a polysomnogram is required to assess isolated sleep problems.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being woken up by the dream. If you sleep peacefully through your dreams you won't remember or be disturbed by the content of your dreams. Try Planned Dream Intervention from my No More Nightmares class. Most people are no longer woken up after the class.
Jun 29, 2015
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being woken up by the dream. If you sleep peacefully through your dreams you won't remember or be disturbed by the content of your dreams. Try Planned Dream Intervention from my No More Nightmares class. Most people are no longer woken up after the class.
Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Assess Why: Nightmares can be associated with beginning or stopping medications and drugs. They can be related to sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless legs, etcetera). They can occur with irregular sleep / wake cycles. They can occur with traumatic stress and other disorders. They may also happen with none of these. First figure out whether there is a cause. If not consider behavioral therapies.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Get to root of it: Nightmares are not uncommon in adults and usually have a cause. Psychological; unresolved issues, trauma, untreated anxiety, ptsd, mood disorder etc. Medical; restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea etc. Medications; benzodiazepines, antidepressants, melatonin and anti hypertensives etc. Do consult with your psychiatrist/ physician to rule out the above mentioned things.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being woken up by the dream. If you sleep peacefully through your dreams you won't remember or be disturbed by the content of your dreams. Try Planned Dream Intervention from my No More Nightmares class. Most people are no longer woken up after the class.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nightmares: Depending on how severe or frequent this is, you may need help with your nightmares. They could be a symptom of ptsd or other personal problem that needs attention. A psychologist or other therapist could be a good resource in assessing what's happening with you, and in working through it. There are also some medications that might help -- a psychiatrist or sleep medicine doctor can advise.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Why do I keep on having nightmares and how do I stop having them?

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop having nightmares all the time?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
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Nightmares : Cognitive behavioral treatments (cbt) such as imagery rehearsal therapy (irt) and exposure are the treatments of choice for nightmares. These is a discussion of these treatment options including references to self help methods here: http://onlinelibrary.Wiley.Com/store/10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00894.X/asset/j.1365-2869.2010.00894.X.Pdf?V=1&t=h9m2lf9o&s=a92247866696811bea11b8b9508889f2e9a4425c.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I stop nightmares that is troubling me for months?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Deal with the: underlying problem. New medication? Trauma? Conflicts?
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
They have used Prazosin to stop nightmares. Talk to your doctor/psychiatrist about it.
Jun 23, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
I agree with Dr. Callaghan. Prazosin is awesome for nightmares. It is used off- label.
Jun 23, 2014

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