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Doctor insights on: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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Lately i've been interested in controlling my sleep through lucid dreaming. Are there genuine health benefits and how does it work?

Lately i've been interested in controlling my sleep through lucid dreaming. Are there genuine health benefits and how does it work?

How LD Has Helped Me: I'm curious: what u seek 2 control about ur sleep? Hypnotic suggestion/lucid dreaming techniques have been shown 2 help people redirect fears/anxieties that surface in dreams & 2 help them regain sense of control after traumatic events/losses. I'm a believer: at age 5, was taught 2 take myself out of bad dream by imagining myself on a carousel horse going round & round, up & down 2 rhythm of music. ...Read more

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How important are dreams /nightmares important in mental or overall health. Do they really play any part at all ?

How important are dreams /nightmares important in mental or overall health. Do they really play any part at all ?

Important: Poor sleep is not good for us. Nightmares can disturb sleep. Frequent bad dreams can indicate problems that need to be addressed during the day. There is a lot of woo-woo about what exactly dreams can tell us but basically chaotic sleep can reflect chaos awake. So frequent bad dreams should indicate the need to reassess what's going on in your life, changing what you can, if can't get some help ...Read more

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Why is it that tweens and teens have trouble talking to their parents about their puberty issues?

Why is it that tweens and teens have trouble talking to their parents about their puberty issues?

Uncomfortable: Many adolescents that age simply do not feel comfortable talking about personal/private body issues with their parents. Parents may also be uncomfortable discussing it because of their own issues. Parents are still a good source of information and have the teens/tweens best interest at heart so it is beneficial to start there. Parents can then help with other resources to answer their questions. ...Read more

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Dream of ex-bf since break-up in '06. Dreams sexual in nature. Why still dreaming of this after so long? I know rationally i don't want to be w/ him.

Dream of ex-bf since break-up in '06. Dreams sexual in nature. Why still dreaming of this after so long? I know rationally i don't want to be w/ him.

Symbolic: This is not unusual. Our dream content pulls from our life events. If sexual interactions with your ex-boyfriend were exciting/ pleasant - then when the brain is dealing with sexuality it would make sense that your previous lover would represent this in dreams. You may have no interest in having a relationship with him currently but your brain still remembers sex with him. >>. ...Read more

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My husband struggles to get properly excited and thus we are facing problems in sexual life. help us please. He is overall healthy.

My husband struggles to get properly excited and thus we are facing problems in sexual life. help us please. He is overall healthy.

Need further info: How old is your husband? as you get older, testosterone levels drop, and replacement is easy. Problem maintaining an erection? two medications for ED correct that problem. Under too much stress or anxiety to maintain libido? he or both of you may see a psychologist for counseling. If medical causes are excluded, you may wish to see a sex therapist. ...Read more

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Sometimes thinks dreams are reality. Realistic dreams.. Teen... Serious? Or does it happen to everyone.

Sometimes thinks dreams are reality. Realistic dreams.. Teen... Serious? Or does it happen to everyone.

Yes: Some dreams are so intense they seem real.As long as you recognize the difference, no problems. And yes this is very common. ...Read more

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Tips on how not to let a haunting childhood memory make my life miserable and lonely?

Tips on how not to let a haunting childhood memory make my life miserable and lonely?

Therapy: If you work with someone who is skilled in working with victims of trauma then you can find some relief from your traumatic memories over time. You can find a psychologist local to you here: locator.Apa.Org. ...Read more

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My daughter age 11 emotion always aggresive and upset. Learning slow and talkative. Possible brain lack of certain nutrition?We always trying help her

My daughter age 11 emotion always aggresive and upset. Learning slow and talkative. Possible brain lack of certain nutrition?We always trying help her

Talk to your doctor: Your daughter may need a referral to a mental health provider or a neurologist. If she has a delay in her development- difficulty with learning- she may need an individual education plan. Your doctor can help coordinate care between the specialists, her school, and her regular check ups. Getting help now can make a big difference for her leading a happy, healthy life. ...Read more

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I can never reach orgasm during sexual dreams even if very close. Is this normal? Psychological issue?

I can never reach orgasm during sexual dreams even if very close. Is this normal? Psychological issue?

Hmmmmmm: In terms of evolution, there is little need for orgasm during dreaming, since this never (or rarely) leads to procreation. Thus, this cannot be an indicator of a psychological (or for that matter a physical) problem. If you can achieve orgasm during sex while awake, and it is satisfying, no worries then! ...Read more

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Can a person have lucid dreams or any dreams if he does not reach the full sleep cycle, i only reach level 2 and not rem?

Can a person have lucid dreams or any dreams if he does not reach the full sleep cycle, i only reach level 2 and not rem?

Yes: Even though we consider rem the stage where we dream, we actually do dream in the non-rem stages but not nearly as much. Also, if they occur you may not remember those dreams so the only way to know for sure is by a sleep study. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Bad idea: Never put your trust in someone until you know them well including their background .You are playing with your life. ...Read more

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Can bad dreams affect your personality after you wake up?

Can bad dreams affect your personality after you wake up?

Yes: if you allow them too....Dreams are symbolic language and often tell us some very interesting things...write them down and look up the symbols..then they are less scarey...like death dreams mean there is change coming...not death. Different parts of a house mean different parts of your psyche..dreams are meant to help not harm... ...Read more

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Ocd messing up loving relationship any ideas how to fix it previous relationship love being pulled by ocd making life hard and making relationship har?

Ocd messing up loving relationship any ideas how to fix it previous relationship love being pulled by ocd making life hard and making relationship har?

Get in therapy: It sounds like these symptoms are ongoing and interfering with your life, but they are quite treatable. You haven't provided a lot of info, but it almost sounds like the symptoms increase in response to being in a relationship? If so, it could be that the OCD is an expression of some emotion -- such as fear, inadequacy, resentment, or anger. ...Read more

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Is it true that many boomerangers are staying with parents into their late 20s? Why?

Is it true that many boomerangers are staying with parents into their late 20s? Why?

Kids are loved: And times are tough. Many are stuck between college graduation and first job / graduate school. Parents still live in same house, and it is easier to move back home. Parents miss the kids, and wish the kids have not left. Often it is win-win for both parents and kids, until kids move on to next stage of their life. Sometimes that never happens, which can be ok too. There is no single best path. ...Read more

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My girlfriend always talks about committing suicide because of her some personal losses.I am highly disturbed by her such behaviour.What to do?

My girlfriend always talks about committing suicide because of her some personal losses.I am highly disturbed by her such behaviour.What to do?

Get to the Doctor: You may not be able to solve this on your own. She needs professional help. The best you can do for her is to find that mental health therapist that can help her deal with her losses in a more constructive way. ...Read more

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Vivid gruesome nightmares. No med changes late snacks or alcohol. Always a vivid dreamer but why the horrific nightmares over the last 6 months it so.

No Single Cause: If you were always a vivid dreamer and now you are having nightmares the cause is usually something that can be teased out in therapy. A good way to think about dreams is a day residue, something that we are to uncomfortable to discuss or focus on during the day or don't complete thinking about during the day continues during the night. The themes sometimes make sense but not the content. ...Read more

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How can we tell our child about his muscular distrophy in a truthful but not frighteneing way?

How can we tell our child about his muscular distrophy in a truthful but not frighteneing way?

Gently and gradually: Children have the right to know when they have a problem, especially one as serious as muscular dystrophy. However, there are various types of MS that have quite different courses. Starting with validating the symptoms as "real" not imaginary can be a great first step. Making it clear they can ask questions and get real answers is the major goal. ...Read more

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