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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
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Is there any online group therapy for people with bad dreams?

Is there any online group therapy for people with bad dreams?

See a professional: Bad dreams are a symptom of an underlying emotional issue. You should be trying deal with the underlying cause, not the symptom. A good psychotherapist should be able to help you get to the bottom of the problem so you don't have to keep having bad dreams. See a psychologist, or a psychiatrist (in person!) who specializes in psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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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


Dr. Pamela Pappas
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How do you stop bad dreams from happening?

How do you stop bad dreams from happening?

Eval & treament: "bad dreams" can come from many sources, and talking with your doctor can help sort through them. Medications such as antidepressants can make dreaming more vivid -- and concerns you actually have inside can be pictured in scary ways. Also, recreational drugs and withdrawal from alcohol can induce them. Another cause is reliving traumatic experiences in sleep. Treatment and hope are possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Dr. Peter Jackson
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Are bad dreams & flashbacks just stress or signs of bad things to come?

Are bad dreams & flashbacks just stress or signs of bad things to come?

Flashbacks: Bad dreams and flashbacks are usually signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. They are indications not of future events but of some unresolved emotional trauma not yet worked through. Seeking psychological treatment will help you sort out what the meanings of these flashbacks and bad dreams are. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Waking in the morning so flat and sad a d thinking its all not worth it, i don't drink or take tablets but do have have very bad dreams has got worse?

It may be time for: Professional help. I would encourage evaluation through a psychiatrist or psychologist to accurately diagnose. From there, a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Dr. Reynald Ferraz
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My fiance suffers from depression. He is on four antidepressants and sleeps a lot! he seems to go into REM sleep quickly and has bad dreams often arguing, kicking or flinching. More recently, he has begun bed wetting. What should I do?

I : I am perplexed on why your fiance' is prescribed 4 antidepressants (as earlier pointed out). This is a not (to put it mildly) very common thing to do with patients for depression. If i was in your shoes, i would seek a second opinion about his depression treatment and this would be my priority. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4 21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Parents divorce after 32yr lost home had 4  21yr & bad dreams from family memories &old house dad was abusive have panic attacks wen near house PTSD?

Yes: All of the necessary conditions are there for PTSD and there is effective treatment available for you. Please see a counselor to start on the road to recovery from these awful experiences. You deserve to feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Horacio Capote
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Does mega men vitapak cause bad dreams?

Probably Not: Sometimes introducing something new can temporarily change the sleep cycle. Maybe if there is something in it like caffeine that alters sleep. It seems unlikely though. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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What creates these bad dreams?

What creates these bad dreams?

Nightmares: When we dream, our unconscious is playing out our conflicts, fears, anxieties, and desires. Some feel that all the characters are parts of us, perhaps disowned aspects that make us uncomfortable in waking life. Dreams are also a relatively safe way to express strong emotion. Consulting with a psychiatrist or therapist may help you better understand yourself and the triggers for these nightmares. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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How do I stop having such bad dreams about my death?

How do I stop having such bad dreams about my death?

Death dreams: I agree with dr. Franz that dreaming of death may signify change, rather than actual death. But i find it's more helpful for the dreamer to interpret his/her own dreams, than relying on a book. These ideas can be a starting point, but you don't want to miss your own inner wisdom! discussing these dreams & concerns with a good therapist could help you decode them in ways more applicable to you. ...Read more

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