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Doctor insights on: Long Standing Nightmares About Spiders

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I've been nightmares for as long as I can remember. Probably over 10 years. Is this strange or just common nightmares?

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

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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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?

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

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How long do nightmares typically last during alcohol withdrawal?

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

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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 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

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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?

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 day’s 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

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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

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

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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?

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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What can be done for nightmares?

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

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What can cause constant nightmares?

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

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I am having nightmares — what can I do?

I am having nightmares — what can I do?

Consider: Talking with a therapist. Minipress (prazosin) can be used off-label to help with nightmares. ...Read more

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How can I not have nightmares so often?

Nightmares: Please have a good sleep routine.
Nightmares are sleep interruptions during rem sleep.
Every body dreams every night and don't remember them as they sleep through them.
Dreams are essential and healthy. ...Read more

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Please help! What helps with nightmares?

Please help! What helps with nightmares?

No More Nightmares: I developed an original theory, Planned Dream Intervention, that is a skill, not therapy, you use to teach the sleeping brain to be able to sleep through dreams. More information available from this provider. ...Read more

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What is the cause of nightmares in kids?

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Nightmares: Separation anxiety is common, also traumatic experiences & other fears. ...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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My medicenis causing me ti have nightmares?

Nightmares: You don't mention which medications. You should consult with your doctor about your medications side effects. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has nightmares? What should I do?

Boyfriend has nightmares? What should I do?

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

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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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Chronic nightmares. What could be the cause?

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

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What could be a cause of constant nightmares?

What could be a cause of constant nightmares?

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

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Are there any effective cures for nightmares?

Yes: Nightmares usually are manifestations of other problems that needs exploration. They also can be the result of medication side effects, some sleep aides lead to increased dream activity. Prazocin is used to suppress dreams and nightmares, we use it in cases of anxiety and ptsd. ...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 someone do about frequent nightmares?

Nightmares: Can be caused from a lot of things. If they’re distressing you, seek help with a psychiatrist who may prescribe medication to alleviate them for a while, and a therapist to help you to explore the root of the cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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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