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Long Standing Nightmares About Spiders
I've been nightmares for as long as I can remember. Probably over 10 years. Is this strange or just common nightmares?
Nightmare disorder: Please see a psychiatrist who also specializes in sleep disorders if you can. It sounds like you have a nightmare disorder but you could haveptsd. Treatment is usually prazosin to stop the nightmares. If you have post-traumatic stress disorder the psychiatrist will also recommends psychotherapy. Most people with pure nightmare disorder do not require psychotherapy. ...Read more
Yes: It depends on the content an amount of time spent on the computer. ...Read more
How do phobias develope? I never really liked spiders but im not deathly afraid of them. But for the last few weeks I have nightmares about them, why?
Biologic Psychology: It is likely a combination of a self-sustaining hypersensitivity to anxiety provoking stimuli coupled to a potential intrapsychic conflict. They can arise more frequently in the context of a neurotic worldview in the classic psychoanalytic perspective and this probably leads to the possibility of there being an intrinsically rewarding and compulsive quality to phobias that is poorly understood. ...Read more
A week or less: Nightmares and vivid dreams can start in the first 1-2 days of withdrawal, generally are improved at 3-5 days and should be gone in a week. Appropriate medication, usually benzodiazepines, can reduce the complications of withdrawal. If this is you we are talking about, the major concern should be how not to drink anymore. A counselor or your doctor can help. Very few people succeed on their own. ...Read more
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 too 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
Dr rx 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia. I'm worried about benzo addiction long term. I've been having increased nightmares since 2mg increase. Is that normal?
Insomnia, Xanax (alprazolam):
I understand your distress of nightmares.
Xanax is not a Medication for insomnia, it is for Anxiety
Xanax 2mg dose may cause anxiety, fear, and dream abnormalities.
Exercise, Yoga and Tai Chi in the evening.
Close that days chapter in your book of life at about 8pm.
Before sleeping, do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation.
See Psychiatrist for gradual withdrawal from Xanax, (alprazolam) Therapy. ...Read more
How long will it take for 100mg seroquel (quetiapine) to be out of my body? Stopped taking thursday making nightmares more intense weight gain now on 5mg zyprexa
Reg. or XR? Dx's ??: Seroquel (quetiapine) reg. Half-life is 6-7 hours and xr is 7-12 hours. The half-life means if you take 100mg, the time it takes for approximately half the dose to remain in your system. This assumes no liver or kidney problems or interactions with other medications which may speed up or slow down the process. Thus, in 6-12 hours 50mg, then 25mg, etc. Do nothing w/o dr. Supervision! Adhd/halluc, very serious. Dx's? ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Therapy or med: Psychotherapy can help identify the underlying cause of the nightmares and help improve the problem. Imagery rehearsal therapy is a treatment that specifically is used to help bad dreams/nightmares. Prazosin is an older blood pressure medication that is used off-label to help with bad dreams and nightmares, especially in those with ptsd. See your doctor for more assistance. ...Read more
Lots of things: If it's 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
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
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
Be gentle with him: Be gentle with him if he's waking up at night with these -- and cautious if he's agitated and flailing in bed. Encourage him to get help if these are recurrent, as it sounds like they are. Nightmares can result from traumatic experiences being relived and released in sleep. He may need evaluation and help for their source. This is available through psychiatrists, psychologists, and others. ...Read more
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
Repeated awakening: Real definition of nightmare 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
Nightmares: Several possibilities -- among them, being on medications that are associated with nightmares, such as narcotics, antidepressants, and some antihypertensives. Drug and alcohol withdrawal can cause it. Also, nightmares can certainly come with ptsd, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can lead to nightmares as well. See your doctor for help with this problem. ...Read more
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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