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What Is The Best Treatment For 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
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
How can I keep my bad dreams from affecting my life? I can't tell what us real and what is a dream anymore.
Nvr had prpr slp hvng bad dreams know what's gng on in surrondngs freqnt awake even alprax.5 doesn't wrk hvng these cndtnts from v.Early age?
Sleep Clinic: In many cases Alprazolam is not even close to the best approach to solve your problems. I always recommend getting help from the sleep clinic. There are also significant books on how to relearn how to sleep without pills. Good sleep hygiene and this natural approach may also help you. ...Read more
Something happened years ago and am now reminded of it. I haven't talked about it. I have bad dreams and get upset and tingly at sudden loud noises?
My 15month old baby won't drink milk in a regular cup only in his bottle still how can I take that away? Is it normal for him to have bad dreams?
Put water in it: Infants are pattern driven and find change difficult. If you put water in the bottle it becomes boreing but may fill a self settling need. It will also keep him hydrated until he comes around. If you put the good stuff in a hard nose sippy cup and leave a few empties around the house as reminders, he can decide to change onn his own terms. ...Read more
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
Improve sleep hygiene: We remember our dreams when we wake up or are in light sleep during dream cycles. Be sure to eat a small protein snack before be to sleep soundly and avoid all the negative habits that interfere with quality sleep such as alcohol, intense exercise or using electronics. ...Read more
Alcohol and dreams: Alcohol can induce disturbing nightmares, even in those who aren't alcoholics. If your husband is an alcoholic, he is exacerbating his own symptoms. If he's interested in improving this situation, stopping or significantly limiting alcohol would likely help -- but alcohol withdrawal can lead to disturbing dreams and visions also. ...Read more
Yes to both: If that is happening, talk to you doctor about alternatives that are natural, or see a sleep disorders psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy of insomnia.Also make sure the memory loss is not coming from something else. If you have ptsd causing nightmares, that should also be addressed. ...Read more
Bad dreams: Dreaming is one activity which can give access to repressed memories. If you work through your dreams with a professional, you might discover fears or pains which need your attention. Post traumatic stress disorder is one condition in which nightmares and flashbacks bring back the traumatic experience. Prazosin, an Alpha blocker anti hypertensive, is extremely effective in reducing nightmares. ...Read more
Nightmares ;: Flashbacks normally reflect previous trauma and are not prophetic in nature. ...Read more
My sons committed suicide in 2010, started to have bad dreams that I found him hanging/shooting hs. How do I stop having them?
Suicide: You should seek a counselor. So sorry for your loss. ...Read more
How can I help my 6 yo daughter at bedtime? She cries as soon as I mention bedtime as she has 'bad dreams' and she says she is 'scared'
Talk to Pediatrician: Get professional input. Nightlight helps some, worsens others. Reading positive/happy stories until asleep can help. Monitor & limit tv with negative / adult themes, as often "replay" in kids with limited ability to understand (=bad dreams). Screen for bullying or abusive contact. Talk to pediatrician--sleep is essential. ...Read more
I am dreaming bad dreams and feeling that something bad will happen knowing that there is no reason to feel like this why & what to do?
Anticipatory anxiety: It looks like you have "anticipatory anxiety", one of the common type of anxiety disorder, All depends how long is this been going on? If more then 4-5 weeks, more days than not, it may be significant, and should be looked at, nightmares often accompany daytime anxiety. At first try obay sleep hygiene, and stress management, a few psychotherapy sessions might help before any drugs ...Read more
Hi, Please can you help me with this problem I am having lots of bad dreams were I am shouting and lashing out in my sleep this is ruining my life.
Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time. ...Read more
I started having bad dreams after I used Saphris (asenapine) once. Does it ever get better? I don't want to have vivid weird bad dreams. Am also on geodon 80 mg
Very similar: The 2 drugs you are on have near identical mechanism of action. I am not sure that I would prescribe both drugs at the same time to one patient. Bad dreams can be a side effect of either one and the dreams in themselves are not dangerous. However, since this is unusual for you I would discuss with the prescribing doctor about getting off one. Fear serotonin syndrome in future. ...Read more
Expert help: You could see such an expert personally about your bad dreams. Doctors (like us) who've never met you can only guess about them. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals would be happy to explore this problem with you. That way you'd receive more appropriate suggestions too. Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes, Prazosin: Prazosin is an older blood pressure medication (alpha receptor blocker) that has been found in a number of studies to be helpful for nightmares and bad dreams, especially in ptsd patients. This is an off-label use, you take it each night. Common side effects include lightheadedness/orthostasis and low energy. Usual dosing for this purpose can be 1 mg to 10 mg but some patients go much higher. ...Read more
Talk to professional: Occasional 'bad dream' r not unusual. Bad dream nightly, two weeks of 'moody', wonder if a true depression is present. Ur generalist (gp, general internist, family practitioner, nurse practioner, mphysician's assistant) would be the professional to start with. Dreams often are the mind's way of putting conscious experiences into an unconscious story. Jot them down, talk with a significant other... ...Read more