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

Whats 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would one have constant horrific nightmares?

Why would one have constant horrific nightmares?

A manifestaion : Usually nightmares are manifestations of the subconscious, the happen in people without any disorder but when recurrent and severe they may signify an underlying disorder. They are most common in anxiety disorders especially ptsd , help is effective, please get evaluated and treated and enjoy your life. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should i get a mouthguard for grinding nightmares?

Should i get a mouthguard for grinding nightmares?

Dentist: Should see a dentist and possibly get to source of the grinding or have a custom mouthpiece constructed. If the teeth are worn down, this will change your bite, which in turn can cause muscle and TMJ problems. ...Read more

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Any explanation for why i frequently have nightmares?

Any explanation for why i frequently have nightmares?

No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. Dreams that wake you, flash backs, intrusive memories and recurring dreams or recurring theme dreams are symptoms of unresolved distress. See the No More Nightmares book and a qualified trauma or sleep disorders expert. ...Read more

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