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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can i stop nightmares?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 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 26 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 26 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 37 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
32 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 26 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 43 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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Yes: You need an evaluation, sleep study and psychiatric evaluation will help clarify this question.
A 44-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 34 years experience
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.
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