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Doctor insights on: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

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Is there a drug that prevents you from dreaming? I don't consciously remember traumas from my early childhood, but I frequently relive them in dreams.

Is there a drug that prevents you from dreaming? I don't consciously remember traumas from my early childhood, but I frequently relive them in dreams.

No : Dreaming is a normal physiologic response in sleep. If the dreams are bothering you talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist to review the dreams and see if there are issues that you need to work through. ...Read more

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I think that I may have been molested as a child. Not sure if I dreamed it up. How can I tell?

I think that I may have been molested as a child. Not sure if I dreamed it up. How can I tell?

Difficult issue: I think all of us would like to understand why we react to life/situations the way we do and or why it differs from how others seem to.Media has noted this can produce problems in life, Studies have also shown that the idea can be implanted or acquired as an easy reason for problems.Counseling with a well trained therapist is a good way to start, but be leary of the easy answer. ...Read more

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How come, at age 18, I am constantly thinking about having children, even *dreaming* about it?

How come, at age 18, I am constantly thinking about having children, even *dreaming* about it?

See below: Often this can be peer pressure, your friends have had kids so you feel you should to. Think about this; can you take care of a child on your own right now, can you support yourself and your child. If the answer to any of those questions is no i would recommend waiting. There is no prize for having children early. Talk to your councilors about your concerns and wishes. ...Read more

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When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the sleep cycle, declining gradually to about 25% into teenage and adulthood. Nightmares occur during rem sleep, but night terrors occur during deep non-rem sleep. Both can start during infancy. ...Read more

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I have wet dreams, usually wake up w an errection, don't have ed, am young, but can't achieve orgasm through coitus. Please help. Also, is there a med?

I have wet dreams, usually wake up w an errection, don't have ed, am young, but can't achieve orgasm through coitus. Please help. Also, is there a med?

Need to see psych: Since the system works, there is likely a psychosocial issue interfering with your proper awake functioning. You should consult a psychologist with experience with psychsexual issues to help identify and address the source of the problem. Until you do this, even ed medications may not be effective for you. ...Read more

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As a child i was molested badly and now when i sleep at night i dream of men trying to rape me. How do I get over this?

As a child i was molested badly and now when i sleep at night i dream of men trying to rape me. How do I get over this?

Possible PTSD: It sounds like something may have flared up unresolved post traumatic stress disorder from childhood. Please see a psychiatrist who can help you with the nightmares and a psychologist who can talk to you and provide therapy to deal with the traumatic issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I dream about becoming a pediatrician.Can you tell me how a doc deals with a child-patient loss, cuz i'm afraid of not being able to save a kids life.

I dream about becoming a pediatrician.Can you tell me how a doc deals with a child-patient loss, cuz i'm afraid of not being able to save a kids life.

Loss: Every physician. Deals with child/patient loss differently. It is certainly not easy but i think that is part of what make us better doctors. To have empathy, to show compassion for not only the child but the families, to be human is what i think makes a good physician. ...Read more

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Child (7), no history of health issues except seemingly sudden amblyopia, says he feels "fuzzy, like dreaming, dizzy" - does this warrant an ER visit ?

Child (7), no history of health issues except seemingly sudden amblyopia, says he feels "fuzzy, like dreaming, dizzy" - does this warrant an ER visit ?

Yes: You are describing a sudden and a new onset of neurologic symptoms, if you are unable to reach his doctor after hours then you will need access to medical care urgently. Take care, ...Read more

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Lightheadedness, tightness in my head, pain in my neck, cant stay on any tasks almost like im living in a dream kind of feeling I'm a stay at home mom and it started after my second child was born I talk in my head like I would if reading a book on my own

Lightheadedness, tightness in my head, pain in my neck, cant stay on any tasks almost like im living in a dream kind of feeling I'm a stay at home mom and it started after my second child was born I talk in my head like I would if reading a book on my own

Seek supportive Tx: You might try your OBGYN for a good referral to a specialist mothering psychotherapist. Especially if the birth was recent, this may be like post-partum depression. It's not unusual to need some help through these times and you'll feel much better once you find some. Your children will benefit too as will all those who are close to you. Don't wait. This time is precious for all of you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if dreams really have meanings?

Yes: Dreams do have meaning. There are often multiple correct interpretations to the same dream. Aspects of your day can be incorporated into the symbols and themes of dreams. Dreams are best understood by the dreamer who evaluates them in the context of his or her life. ...Read more