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Is it normal for an adult to have regular nightmares? Just wondering if anybody else has frequent nightmares, and if you do, how you deal with them?
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Re: Nightmares

I only have nightmares with some specific kinds of sleeping pills, are you taking any sleeping aid medication?
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Re: Nightmares

Sertraline, but the nightmares were happening long before I started on it, although have worsened since then.
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Do you think this could be from a past trauma? When I was diagnosed with ptsd years ago I had awful nightmares. After years of therapy and working through it I no longer have them.
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Do you think this could be from a past trauma? When I was diagnosed with ptsd years ago I had awful nightmares. After years of therapy and working through it I no longer have them.
I've never had a really traumatic experience. I was bullied quite a lot in high school, seldom physically it was often being made fun of or being ignored/rejected.

I've overcome a lot of the problems associated with having spent a lot of time as a target for bullies, although I still have very low self esteem and don't really have any friends.

My nightmares are rarely similar and don't seem to have a common theme so I don't know if I could really contribute them to having been bullied. I can't really think of a cause.

I've always had them though, a least a couple nights a week, but now it's increased to a couple times a night. Wakening up with each one on top of the fact that I really struggle to get to sleep is basically turning me into a zombie.
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My nightmares are rarely similar and don't seem to have a common theme so I don't know if I could really contribute them to having been bullied. I can't really think of a cause.
In my experience, the idea that dreams have to be the same or contain a common "symbol" in order to be related is a myth. Yes, sometimes people have recurring nightmares with a common symbol, or a clear link to a past event. But often your brain is simply finding whatever and throwing it at you.

I would think a lot about what has been happening in your life lately that has been causing you anxiety. If you don't have an event in your past that could be bothering you, then it probably would be things that are recent. Either way nightmares are usually a response to anxiety on some level, whether it's PTSD or just day-to-day things stressing you out.

Some people keep a notepad beside their beds, where they can write down things that are bothering them before they go to sleep (because in that resting time thought that you have been avoiding often come up), and also to write down the dreams afterwards. I would recommend also to try some quick word association of how the dreams made you feel and what that feeling reminded you of.

Also, basic sleep hygiene can help. No scary movies, video games, etc., before bed. Make going to sleep a relaxing time where you do things that make you feel good. Listen to music that relaxes you, read a children's book that you enjoy, take a bath, etc.

Hoping you have a nightmare-free night!!
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