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   Posted 5/23/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have ocd - it's awful in itself, but over the years I've learned to live with it.  Every now and again, and last night being one of them nights, I had a horrific nightmare.  I won't go into detaials, but it was pretty much what one would see in a horror movie.
Anyhow, it makes me feel like a bad person for having such an awful dream.  My ocd is "harming" thoughts.  I have what they say is pure "o", just the obsession, not the compulsion.
I get so scared thinking that the dream means more than it does and it freaks me out.
Do any others out there have this problem??

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   Posted 5/23/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   


I sometimes have troublesome dreams and I've come to realize if I have been thinking about sad thoughts or about a loss I have been through that I often dream of my thoughts that  night.  I wake up feeling upset and wondering if I will ever quit dream about what is over and just have happy dreams.

When you have a bizarre and frightening dream try to share it with someone and that will help make it less frightening and put it into perspective. If you have no one to share it with, let it float away as it was only a dream and not reality.

I am sure you will hear from other members that have had similiar experiences.

Take care and keep on posting.

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   Posted 5/24/2008 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, I suffer from OCD too and sometimes the things that come out in my dreams are terrifying.  It makes me feel like there must be a crazy movie director in my head! I can see how you might feel freaked out but in reality, dreams are just IMHO random firings of the brain.  We OCD people just have more vivid imaginations.....not always fun I know.

Please don't feel you are an "awful person" for having horrible dreams. I think it happens to everyone, it's just because of our obsessions and compulsion (for me) that we interpret them more deeply than some others might.  A lot of people can't remember their dreams,who knows what they dream?

I hope you have much more pleasant dream tonight and if they continue and upset you, maybe talk to your doc about your fears.  Happy dreaming.


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   Posted 5/24/2008 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
It's interesting that this is one of the first threads and that I decided to log on to HW tonight because just today I was talking to my therapist about some horrific dreams I have had in the past few nights. I has been bothering me a lot and making me feel crazy. He said it was quite peculiar that there was such violence in my dreams and we should work on trying to figure out why this is. I have OCD too and sometimes have terrible images flash into my head when things aren't just right, example, if a pen isn't sitting on the table just right. Anyway, I'm glad that I have other people that have the same problems and that I'm not alone. Stay strong!!

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   Posted 5/24/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I am severe OCD and along with it have had some very nasty and frightening night terrors or nightmares more lately than usual..
I have decisions to make and I am having many a bad night over these ...
Glad you found us here and hoping you will stay with HW

I do not watch horror movies at all anymore my life has enough of that in it lol
Take care

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   Posted 5/24/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I dont watch scary movies either.  I used too - many years before my ocd hit and I still have severe panic when i think about some of the movies I've watched over the years.  I won't watch the news and I change the station when I see a scary movie preview starting.  I even get scared at rate PG movies that have violence or lots of action in them.

I am glad you all wrote to me - I'm sorry you suffer from the same thing though.  It really sux.  OCD has no boundaries and does not discriminate.  In so much as I can have awful thoughts that vary about many different people.  Most of the time, I can get past it.  I really liked Brain Lock - a book about OCD and why we get "stuck in gears" and it went thru the process of what is happening inside our brains and how it's different from those w/out ocd.  But, no matter how much therapy and research I have done, when I am in the ocd zone (as I call it) I just keep praying and wishing for it to end.  It is the most awful feeling to think you are going crazy and that you may do something horrible.

But on a more positive note, there are many good times for me too.  Although, most of us tend to write on this board when we are scared or feeling bad.  Cause when we are feeling good, we are out and about doing the stuff we like to do and dont' think about the bad stuff.

I hope you all enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and best wishes on our ongoing struggles with panic/ocd.

Mitcl, sorry I just edited that last bit out of your post, if you want people to email you, go to the control panel and add it to your profile (sometimes nasty spammers will come on and get your email and make merry hades of your inbox!) People can email you then by clicking on the little envelope icon. Meg


Post Edited By Moderator (nervymeg) : 5/25/2008 12:20:58 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/25/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I never watch horror movies...I would never be able to get out of bed at night and pee! OCD is horrible and it doesn't go away, but we can learn to live with it and not by it.  I will check out that book Mitcl, thanks for the tip, and thanks for the positive note.  I hope you have a lovely holiday too.

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   Posted 5/25/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I'm sorry I can't help you as I'm not OCD and I never remember my dreams.  But I just wanted to put in my 2 cents in to support you and hope that you are able to resolve this issue soon.  Please keep posting and let us know how things are going.
Take care and happy dreaming,

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