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Is there such a thing as a chronic nightmare disorder?

Is there such a thing as a chronic nightmare disorder?

PTSD?: Some people may have a chronic prsd, and night mares r usually part of the symptoms. There r medication that can help. ...Read more

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Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder, " this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Chronic nightmares. What could be the cause?

Repeated awakening: Real definition of night mare repeated awakening from major sleep or naps frightening dreams with detailed recalls usually involve threats of survival occur during second half of sleep period. Any history of trauma or witnessed trauma where escape was not possible or on acute distress where difficulty relax. ...Read more

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Chronic nightmares and jumpiness with anxiety?

Make an appointment: With a sleep medicine doctor to see if this is related to a sleep disorder. If cleared, see a psychiatrist in your area for help. ...Read more

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Chronic nightmares and jumpiness with anxiety/paranoia?

Chronic nightmares and jumpiness with anxiety/paranoia?

Evaluate for ptsd: These symptoms deserve a workup for cause. This would help diagnose correctly, and this is important treating correctly. They make me wornder about post-traumatic stress disorder [ptsd]. Ptsd is a strong anxiety disorder whch develops for some people after experiencing signiicant trauma. The symptoms can be treate as a whole (maybe starting w ssri) and individually, like Clonidine for nightmare. ...Read more

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What's the disease called when a soldier comes home from war with scary flash backs and nightmares?

PTSD: The symptoms of ptsd include flashbacks (bad memories that happen out of the blue or from a small trigger that feel like the event is actually happening), nightmares of the trauma and an increased feeling of edginess (either more irritable or more nervous and scared, also called hyper vigilant). Other symptoms can include difficulties relating to others and episodes of dissociation. ...Read more

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What can I do for nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder?

Talk therapy & meds: The primary treatment for ptsd is psychotherapy (talk therapy). Specifically, trauma focused cbt and emdr have shown effectiveness. As your overall ptsd symptoms improve, your nightmares should as well. Sometimes, a medication can be helpful in suppressing dream sleep or reducing the fear and anxiety that leads to nightmares. In this situation, it may be best to see a psychiatrist for treatment. ...Read more

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Chronic pain. Take tridural (tramadolsr).Does this med cause horrible nightmares and chills when a dose is skipped?

Chronic pain. Take tridural (tramadolsr).Does this med cause horrible nightmares and chills when a dose is skipped?

Withdrawal: Tramadol is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to moderately severe pain. Although it binds to mu receptors, tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time and in large doses. Nightmares and chills are some of the symptoms of withdrawal. ...Read more

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How do I deal with severe night sweats horrible nightmares? I am 38, have fms, diagnosed 5 yeas ago. I have been dealing chronic sleep issues since 25

Sleep study: If you haven't had a sleep study, now would be an appropriate time to get one. See your doctor for further advice and referral for sleep study if she agrees. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking but I have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Trying to quit smoking but I have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Yoga may be an: Effective treatment component for nicotine dependence among individuals with high anxiety sensitivity, according to data presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference. There are many other non-medication anxiety management strategies to consider with a counselor. Combining many increases impact. Best regards. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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I have ptsd & borderline personality disorder and breastfeed exclusively. Would prazosin be safe to take for my anxiety, insomnia and nightmares?

Possibly: This is a blood pressure medicine that has been used successfully "off label" for ptsd. It may be unsafe for your infant as it crosses into breast milk. Consider discontinuing breast feeding. ...Read more

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Are adolescent nightmare convulsions at all normal? My 8 year old son seems to convulse in his sleep and wakes up in a cold sweat. He claims to be having nightmares. Is this an adolescent thing? Could it have long term health implications?

Cold sweats: Your child is to young to be called an adolescent. He maybe having nightmares which can be brought on by too much scary movies or television before bed, but then again he may be having seizures. Try changing his life style before end. If no improvement I would get him evaluated by a neurologist. ...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 can cause constant nightmares?

Lots of things: If its a child, could be discord in the family, or allowing your child to view stupid movies like "chucky" or medications. Does the person have recall of the dreams? Some worry themselves into problems that they replay when they sleep. No recall of a dream (s) could be a night terror. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop having nightmares?

What can I do to stop having nightmares?

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. ...Read more

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My child has nightmares -- how do I help?

My child has nightmares -- how do I help?

Comfort: Childhood nightmares are common occurrences. They are not dangerous to the child and do not predict anything about future development. However, they are scary to the child and can make bedtime difficult. During a nightmare, go in and comfort your child. If they are awake talk about it and show them it was not real. Sometimes having a nightlight in their room helps. Read stories before bed. ...Read more

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How do I stop myself from having nightmares?

How do I stop myself from having nightmares?

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. ...Read more

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Why am I unable to wake up from my nightmares?

Why am I unable to wake up from my nightmares?

REM Sleep: Most nightmares (at least the vivid ones you remember) occur in rem sleep. Awakening from rem sleep tends to be brief. Perhaps this is because during rem sleep there is "sleep paralysis" (you can't move your body) which might occur to prevent you from harming yourself by moving during a dream. In any event, most folks waken most easily from stage 1 or light sleep. ...Read more

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What can it mean if a man "always" has nightmares?

What can it mean if a man "always" has nightmares?

See a psychiatrist: I would recommend that you start off by seeing a psychiatrist. Prazosin isa medication that can often suppresses nightmares. If you are unsuccessful there however then I would proceed to seeing a sleep specialist to rule out sleep apnea and other sleep related causes of dream anxiety disorder or nightmare disorder. Ptsd also needs to be ruled out. ...Read more