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Dee75
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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I have been having vivid dreams and nightmares lately. I don't know why. I haven't changed any medication and things are going well. I have gone through a lot. I was diagnoised with situational depression/anxiety. I'm wondering if I might have post-traumatic syndrome. Has anyone tried cognitive thinkig or lucid dreaming? Thanks, Dee smhair

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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   

hi dee. i rapid cycle in my dreams 1 goes into

the next, usually six. i de-programme a bit

before bed now. cognitive thinking seems

positive. jamie


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   Posted 2/1/2011 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have very vivid dreams and had a lucid dream one time. That is unique and actually kind of cool. But I am sorry that your dreams are disturbing. I enjoy mine. It is kind of like another life. No wonder I wake up tired. lol...

I hope you figure this out. Dreams are cool in my opinion, if they aren't bad.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Sorry to hear you have been having bad dreams lately. I have had problems with nightmares for most of my life which I think is to do with having Aspergers syndrome. I have spoke with my psychiatrist about these dreams and he feels they are due to high amounts of anxiety. I would suggest that you maybe keep a log of your dreams which is what I do and then speak to your doctor and see if he can give any advise. I hope things get better for you soon.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Hibee,

I dream in technicolor which I think may be related to unconscious
effects of watching tv occasionally. I also attribute it to certain foods eaten not long before bedtime.

It may be a good idea not to watch tv for several hours before bedtime because I think that it does affect the unconscious more than science has really revealed at this time (particulary movies related to violence and criminal activity). I would also avoid any heavy fattening foods before bedtime, such as dairy products or nuts--peanuts, cashews, etc.

Your doctor is probably right about stress; it does more damage than many things that happen to us. There's a website called The Body Soul Connection. com which has some extraordinay information on how the effects of stress affect the adrenal function and consequently almost every system of the body. Exercise helps to relieve that as does listening to classical music, and even the rhythmic beat of drums in music. There are others things, as well, that prompt a calming of the system. You might find that of interest.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Genetic

You are right about not watching tv just before you goto bed as that can affect how you sleep. My dreams are very vivid and are often quite violent which does worry me. I will check out the web page you mentioned so thanks for the tip, you are so right about music being able to de stress you and that is well documented. I love music and find it is one of the few things that can take my mind off things we have a good music thread over on the anxiety forum check it out.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Dee,

I noticed on your site that you may have been through cancer surgery.
Is that right and that you have made it through very well? If that is so, have your doctors talked to you about the role of diet in cancer
and how to change the type of foods you eat?

There are many leads and websites on the internet that may be of help to you in changing your diet after you discuss it with your doctor. There may be some help in regard to your dreaming related to that, as well.

I hope you will give some thought to the websites that pertain to diet
following cancer removal as well as to the role of increasing alkaline foods as a booster for prevention of cancer and healing from the cancer process. One sight to check out that I recently visited is Body and Soul Connection. com. You may have to read for a while before
you hit the cancer section, but it's worth it, I think.

Surgery is wonderful these days, but the diet is also important in places like the Cancer Center in Arizona or one of the other western states where diet and other efforts increase survivial rates extraordinarily well.

I hope you will keep us posted in remaining free from cancer and anxiety in dreaming.

Best wishes and compassion,

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Dee75
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   Posted 2/1/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and thanks to all of you for the information. I'll follow through on your suggestions. I'll look up the website ( Body and Soul Connection.com). I quess I should say I'm 81. The next few weeks I'll be having eye iinjections for macular degeneration in both eyes and catarac removal in both eyes. Should be seeing much better soon. Thank you for your encouragement and I feel very postitive. Just need to figure out these crazy dreams.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I was once told that your dreams are either fears or desires. though I have had dreams that coincided with something that I watched on tv, or something that I thought about throughout the day. Just wanted to pass that on.

You sound really good for 81. I hope that I am doing as good as you when I am 81. I am 52 now. Sometimes I feel like 90. But most of the time I feel younger than I am. Mentally that is. Not physically.

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   Posted 2/1/2011 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have PTSD and have been on some different meds (some forms of chemo, painkillers, and steriods) that can cause horrible dreams. Plus surgery and pain compound the problem for me.  Also the sensory deprivation is an issue for me, so I can see how not being able to see well, particularly when one is in a vunerable situation (sorry my voice address system seems to be acting up, it keeps wanting to write vernerable) might contribute to this kind of issue.
 
I think consulting with mental health professionals might be something to think about.  I know I use meds and therapy to help me deal, and does help calm down the state of things for me.
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Lululiya
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   Posted 2/1/2011 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to lucid dream quite often - sometimes a couple nights a week. As cool as it was for the first little while, I don't recommend it. Lucid dreaming makes it really hard to stay asleep, so your sleep is a lot less satisfying. I haven't been lucid dreaming since I started my medication, however. But like you I've had very vivid dreams and nightmares. No idea how to stop them, though. :( I always had terrible nightmares, but jeez louise these ones take the cake. My therapist once told me to keep a dream journal - maybe that would help you? If you can see similarities between nightmares maybe you can find the underlying cause and put a stop to it :)
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