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I keep getting nightmares. Am I depressed? Is something wrong with my mental health?

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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: A nightmare

Nightmare are of many different causes.
Trauma or overwhelming life events ala post-traumatic stress disorder can be responsible - psychotherapy specific to that diagnosis would likely work best. Prazosin works well. Medications or alcohol/substance abuse if responsible would be remedied by discontinuing them at least for a time to determine if responsible. Those sensitive may avoid horror movies.

In brief: A nightmare

Nightmare are of many different causes.
Trauma or overwhelming life events ala post-traumatic stress disorder can be responsible - psychotherapy specific to that diagnosis would likely work best. Prazosin works well. Medications or alcohol/substance abuse if responsible would be remedied by discontinuing them at least for a time to determine if responsible. Those sensitive may avoid horror movies.
Dr. K. Olson
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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Talk to a therapist

Mental health disorders are defined as something that is interfering with your normal functioning.
So unless the nightmares are making you unable to sleep, it's unlikely they would be considered a mental health disorder. However, it may be helpful to you to work out what is going on in your subconscious by talking to a therapist. Psychotherapy can be helpful even if you don't have a mental illness.

In brief: Talk to a therapist

Mental health disorders are defined as something that is interfering with your normal functioning.
So unless the nightmares are making you unable to sleep, it's unlikely they would be considered a mental health disorder. However, it may be helpful to you to work out what is going on in your subconscious by talking to a therapist. Psychotherapy can be helpful even if you don't have a mental illness.
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