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Old 05-27-09, 10:41 AM
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Dreams and Nightmares

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I am curious to know if anybody else dreams/has nightmares almost every single night, all year through, always? Weird dreams, seriously twisted. I have asked lots NT people but they give me that sideways glance, you know the one, the 'Erm, no I sleep peacefully you frickin' oddjob' look.
Basically, is it an ADD thing or just a me thing?? Nobody I meet ever seems to bloody dream!!! Or have nightmares.

This post is more inarticulate than I care to realise, so my apologies >:]

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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I have taking the liberty to move your question to the sleep subforum where it might be better served.
There are some comparable threads here already such as this one :

http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66051

Is this a recent phenomenon?
If so, can you tell us if anything has changed that could be an explanation. Such as different meds?
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers them. I'm aware most mornings that I've been dreaming, although often all I have is a vague sense of the tone them, and I rarely remember anything about them for very long.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

Since starting Dex 2 months ago I have noticed that my dreams are a lot more vivid than than they have ever been, even after I had eaten cheese! I wouldn't say they were twisted like you said that yours were, but I do find myself waking up and thinking that that that night's dream was a bit weird. The oddest so far was last week when I dreamt that I was breaking my dad out of a mental hospital!

But this would seem to be drug induced as opposed a byproduct of ADHD.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I have always had weird freaky dreams, very vivid, and I can recall them pretty well. And they are never the normal garden-variety "giving a speech while naked" kind of dreams. They are more like feature films, with special effects and all.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

The last two years before my diagnosis when I felt my symptoms really hitting the roof, I had weird, fragmented dreams almost all the time. It was especially bad if I slept in, like I could drift in and out of sleep for hours not really able to wake up, and having terrible, disturbing dreams during those morning hours.

I dream a lot less now on meds, or at least I donīt wake up feeling like I spent the whole night having nightmares. My sleep is also better regulated. Be aware that ADD and sleep disorders commonly occur together.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I am intrigued by the last post about dreams being vivid especially during the morning. I find that my sleep pattern is similar to that, if I sleep in, I also dream especially ... erratically. Could this be an ADD thing?
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I have these too...sometimes I wake up intermittently and think what I'm dreaming about is actually going on in my apt. For example, if I'm dreaming about someone, I may literally think they are in my apt and wake up to see where they are. However, when I wake up fully, I know it was a dream.

I used to have these a lot when I was a teenager and sometimes I could control the outcome of these dreams if they were nightmares (i.e. if I was being chased, I could go in and hide somewhere).

I was told the controlling of them is called lucid dreams and the states in which I am half awake but can't get up, are narcoleptic states or episodes, although I don't have narcolepsy.

These vivid dreams were especially bad when I went into withdrawal from stopping an anti depressant earlier this yr. Idk if its ADD related...I thought it had something to do with anxiety or depression...

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The last two years before my diagnosis when I felt my symptoms really hitting the roof, I had weird, fragmented dreams almost all the time. It was especially bad if I slept in, like I could drift in and out of sleep for hours not really able to wake up, and having terrible, disturbing dreams during those morning hours.

I dream a lot less now on meds, or at least I donīt wake up feeling like I spent the whole night having nightmares. My sleep is also better regulated. Be aware that ADD and sleep disorders commonly occur together.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I find that I go through phases, especially when I am under stress, or my symptoms are out of control. I have always said I dream in technicolor lol. Seriously, when I dream I awake feeling like I have watched a movie, they can be pretty cool sometimes, scary at others. Also tend to express a lot of my fears in my dreams. I like to write them down right away when I wake up and have actually based some of my story plots around them
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

well, everybody dreams every night (or they'd be seriously messed up without REM - rats even die in experiments when they're kept off REM for a few weeks), but i can often remember dreams, too... they quickly fade if i dont write them down or recall them over and over until i am fully awake, though.

this night, i dreamed that i was at school... but as an adult.
i think it has to do with that i likely have to go back to some sort of school for job education, so my brain was trying to 'think' about it in sleep...

anyway, i dreamed that i was in german class, and the teacher was reading out some text we had to write down, lol... a dictation like in 5th grade. i couldnt keep up and my handwriting was all messed up so i cursed about that to the teacher and wrote curse words down on the paper and all, and then i just err.. drank a beer. lol. the teacher didnt complain about that for some reason. then i asked my neighbour what's next. she said 'sports, swimming class'. and i said i'm not going, look at me, i'm 25, i cant do sports anymore, i am way too old and havent done any in 10 years. she said i would have to go, though. i said 'we will see about that' and managed to escape the classroom and was then hiding in a toilet, lol... i stood on the toilet seat and didnt lock the door, so it wasnt obviously visible i was in there, and i was hearing people in the room going to the other toilets, hoping i'm not going to be spotted.

what the hell, really. that was a mix of 'today' with 'back then at school' dreamed together. i hate such dreams, they kind of mess me up, like, make me depressed or something for a while.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

My therapist tells me to write my dreams down. When we're asleep our brains keep on working, sorting things out. She didn't give me a "dream interpretation" book, but encourages me to see what I can see in them...that different pieces of the dream represent myself, even the other people. Sometimes there's some useful insight...sometimes it's just gobbledygook.
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Re: Dreams and Nightmares

I dream like crazy. They're strange and totally off the wall sometimes, other times they're as boring and mundane as my real life. The worst is when I dream about work all night and then wake up and actually have to go there!

I've had the unpleasant experience of dreaming that I was killing someone. It was so incredibly scary. And it wasn't just like I shot them, I dreamed that I was stabbing them. I felt so guilty when I woke up even though it was just a dream. I worried that there was something seriously messed up about me. Maybe there is.

Sometimes I wake up and they're a little foggy, just out of my mental reach. I'll know that I dreamed about something weird, and that it involved certain ppl, like my husband, but that's all I'll remember. Other times they are so vivid and realistic, I have a hard time distinguishing whether it really happened or if it was just a dream.

There are times that the dream just sticks with me forever. Usually the ones that freak me out are the ones I remember the longest.

The house that my husband and I rented in Arizona used to give me horrigble, awful nightmares. I don't know if there was some sort of supernatural thing going on, but once we moved they stopped. I'd wake up crying at least once a week from my nightmares there.

I've always had weird, vivid dreams, even as a kid. I've gone through periods of having a reoccuring dream, usually a nightmare. I've dreamed about something and then had it happen in real life. Talk about some serious deja vu! I've been known to sleep walk and talk. I thrash about in my sleep sometimes like I'm trying to beat someone up. My husband complains about it all the time.

I wonder if some of us are more sensitive or perceptive to things around us, and we dream more because of it.
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