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Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

No: Generally speaking, no. It may help you sleep, but it may make your nightmares worse. Psychotherapy and different medications like Clonidine or prazosin can help with nightmares. Get help from a mental health expert if the nightmares are so bad that you can't sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


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I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

Nightmares: I see that you deal w/breathing issues. Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Are you breathing well in your sleep? Is there a theme to your nightmares, perhaps a particular story or emotion? Please see your doc to make sure all is well w/what you are doing for breathing and then a mental health professional. Clinical hypnosis may be helpful. See www.asch.net Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Symptoms are nightmares triggers from flashing lights, loud slams, complete darkness i have had flashbacks that felt like a panic attack but also fla?

PTSD: I understand your distress. It is likely that you had nightmares due to Traumatic experience with feelings of fear, panic, anxiety, overwhelmed, helpless, sad and angry. Any of these feelings need to be taken care of, resolved and help you in your healing. Panic attack and nightmares can be treated successfully. See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy and Medication ...Read more

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I am treated for PTSD and really have a rough time, with all the nightmares & flashbacks - some days I am not able to eat or sleep, will I ever heal ?

I am treated for PTSD and really have a rough time, with all the nightmares & flashbacks - some days I am not able to eat or sleep, will I ever heal ?

PTSD: Getting the right treatment for PTSD is essential. It is important to work with mental health providers who have expertise in PTSD. Psychiatric medications are often indicated. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is the gold standard - it is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) & virtual reality exposure therapy can also be quite effective. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks often. I have trouble sleeping(nightmares/flashbacks from my wreck.) It's hard to conversate. How can I enjoy life again?

I have panic attacks often. I have trouble sleeping(nightmares/flashbacks from my wreck.) It's hard to conversate. How can I enjoy life again?

Treatment : Sorry to hear about your suffering. You could seek treatment with a psychiatrist and therapist, get on some medications, try trauma based therapies, yoga, relaxation exercises, support groups. There are others out there going through the same. You could start by calling your insurance company ...Read more

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Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Has your doctor: considered an off label of prazosin for your nightmares/ insomnia? Are you working with a provider who has expertise in PTSD? Don't know what type of therapy you are involved with. Cognitive Processing Therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR & virtual reality exposure therapy can be very helpful with PTSD. Don't lose hope. ...Read more

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Do i have PTSD i cant sleep nightmares wake up panicy and sweaty and my heart hurts .often get flashbacks so confusing?

Do i  have PTSD i cant sleep nightmares wake up panicy and sweaty and my heart hurts .often get flashbacks so confusing?

PTSD: You probably do. If you have gone through a traumatic experience - it is likely that you are suffering from PTSD. If this has lasted more than 4 weeks please get some help. Talk to your PCP and have him/her refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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Am so focused on past abuse lately, and why do I keep seeing my past suicide attempt... ...just got out of mental health unit. flashbacks & nightmare?

Am so focused on past abuse lately, and why do I keep seeing my past suicide attempt... ...just got out of mental health unit.  flashbacks & nightmare?

Don't face it alone: Find a provider specializing in treating patients with history of abuse. Follow up with your discharge plan/appointments from the hospital. Meanwhile, focus on the present, if flashback hits, try to focus on the 'now" environment rather than the past. Do relaxation, sleep hygiene, mindfulness. Stay med adherent to help manage your symptoms better. All the best! ...Read more

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Flashbacks (Definition)

A vivid memory that is sudden and disturbing from an event in the past. Could be as a result of psychological trauma or taking ...Read more


Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more