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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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Chantix-why do I get such crazy nightmares on this drug?

Chantix-why do I get such crazy nightmares on this drug?

Common side effect: Nicotine receptors are widespread in the brain, and Chantix acts on several of these receptors. Nightmares or vivid dreams do not occur in everyone, but they are very common. More serious side effects, such as worsening depression with suicidal thoughts can also occur, but are not common. If side effects would cause you to stop the medication, please talk to your doctor about alternatives. ...Read more

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Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

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. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares?

Nightmares = dreams: Ightmares are simply dreams. In the theoretical aveerage person who sleeps 8 hrs a night you have 4 rem or sleep cycles. Rem or rapid eye movement is the deepest stage of sleep when we dream. Although each cycle is about the same we spend more time in rem in the last two cycles so we often rembers dreams or nightmares from the early morning. It is not clear why we dream any specific topic. ...Read more

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Why do I get nightmares?

It's normal: Sometimes life's stress and anxiety can contribute as can some meds, including alcohol. ...Read more

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How can I stop nightmares?

How can I stop nightmares?

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. ...Read more

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Why do you have nightmares?

Because?: Many hypothesis exist, none was confirmed, about the reason for this (to a certain extent) normal phenomenon. It is believed that plays some role in the balance/normal physiology of brains (even animals have them). If they are excessive, very intense and terryfing, featuring repetitive themes, or reflecting some painful real event, it may be abnormal, deserving a discussion with dr. See my comment. ...Read more

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Why do people get nightmares?

Why do people get  nightmares?

Nightmares: Nightmares frequently happen in post-traumatic stress disorder, but also in 20-40% of kids between age 5-12 without any psychopathology. Creative people with "thin boundaries" on psychological tests may have them. Medications like antidepressants, certain antihypertensives, antiparkinsonian drugs, & barbiturates can cause nightmares; also withdrawal from alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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What causes nightmares in kids?

What causes nightmares in kids?

Stress and anxiety: Nightmares are sleep disruptions that include frightening content and are especially common in early childhood. Often these experiences are influenced by stressors that occur during waking hours. The course and development of nightmares are largely dependent on developmental level and are present throughout childhood (journal of clinical child psychology, 2000). ...Read more

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How do I stop having nightmares?

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. ...Read more

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