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Nightmares (Overview)

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 REM stages of sleep.


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What causes nightmares?

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

Nightmares (Overview)

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 REM stages of sleep.


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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

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Nightmares for 18mths, being treated with ssri but no help for nightmares any ideas? Good sleep hygiene already.

See below: Keep a diary by your bedside and when have a chance record your dreams, or if you can't remember your dreams the feelings that you woke up with. There're most likely will be patterns. Keep a diary of things that happen to you during the day. Your dreams might correlate with the events in your life. Address it with a professional to tackle your nightmares along with medications for best results. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to stop having terrible nightmares?

Is there anything I can do to stop having terrible nightmares?

Depends: The treatment for the nightmares depends on the cause of the nightmares. They may be simply caused by bad food at night, or can be a symptom of ptsd or even bipolar disorder. In the case of ptsd, psychotherapy works best, especially some called cbt/ exposure therapy. Certain blood pressure medicines work well to. In the case of bipolar disorder, antipsychotics can help. ...Read more

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Lots of anxiety nightmares about past trauma, shrik treating me for depression how do I get help?

Lots of anxiety nightmares about past trauma, shrik treating me for depression how do I get help?

Emdr: This form of cognitive behavioral therapy helps deal with past trauma and the depression anxiety. It stands for eye movement desensitiation and reprogramming. ...Read more

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What should I do about nightmares? Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

What should I do about nightmares?  Is there a medical or OTC treatment?

Yes: See a sleep specialist. Nightmares occur in rem sleep and can be suppressed by serotonin antidepressants. Night terrors occur in stage 4 sleep and are not recalled. They are better suppressed by tricyclic antidepressants or benzos. ...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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Docs can you explain, is there a way to get rid of nightmares?

Docs can you explain, is there a way to get rid of nightmares?

Nightmares: Imagery rehearsal treatment is a promising form of cbt for recurrent nightmares. It helps sufferers change their nightmares by rehearsing how they would like them to play themselves out while they are awake. Minipress (prazosin) blocks nightmares. You should see a sleep disorder specialist and make sure there are no medications or an underlying sleep disorder that is causing the problem. Antidepressants, beta blockers, narcotics are the most likely to cause nightmares. ...Read more

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How do I prevent nightmares?

Prazosin: Also, prazosin (a medication for blood pressure) is effective in reducing nightmares, particularly in people with ptsd. It is not sedating, but it is thought to alter sleep architecture for the better. It is started at low dose (1-2mg) but doses as high as 10-12mg or more may be necessary. 5mg seems about average from my experience. Side effects are related to a decrease in blood pressure. ...Read more

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What are some ways to avoid sleep paralysis / frequent nightmares?

Nightmares : Cognitive behavioral treatments (cbt) such as imagery rehearsal therapy (irt) and exposure are the treatments of choice for nightmares. This is a discussion of these treatment options including references to self-help methods here: http://onlinelibrary. Wiley. Com/store/10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00894. X/asset/j.1365-2869.2010.00894. X. Pdf? V=1&t=h9m2lf9o&s=a92247866696811bea11b8b9508889f2e9a4425c. ...Read more

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Every year I suffer nightmares, hallucinations, and memories of a terrible event and it gets worse each time, what can I do?

Every year I suffer nightmares, hallucinations, and memories of a terrible event and it gets worse each time, what can I do?

Get Help!: What you're describing could be symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) or possibly a psychotic disorder. See your doctor asap. There are many things that may help including therapy and/or medication. Don't continue to suffer! ...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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Which of these has nightmares as a side effect? Oxycodone, percocet, celecoxib, or diazepam(valium)?

Which of these has nightmares as a side effect? Oxycodone, percocet, celecoxib, or diazepam(valium)?

Hard to Say: Side effects of most medications are turning out to be highly individualistic and sometimes based upon genetic susceptibility! This is fairly new research. But, it suggests that any specific side effect is not necessarily going to happen to you.

That said, except celecoxib, these drugs are narcotics and/or sedative/hypnotics and can cause "dysphoric" feelings and hallucinations. ...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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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?

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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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