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   Posted 4/9/2012 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The other night I had a rather extensive and interesting dream.  There was nothing particulary threatening about it however I believe that there were a lot of aspects of my work what were laced throughout the dream.  I cannot remember anything about the dream other than to say that it all happened around the small community around where I live.  When I'm driving or walking and I encounter a location that was in my dream I suddenly experience a panic attack.  That was the first day after the dream, just yesterday.  Today the recollections of the dream come in very tiny snapshots that last just a fraction of a second, and during that moment I feel both intrigued, because I want to understand what the dream was, and frightend at the panic that I know comes with it.
I was walking around the block early this evening, carrying my 1-year-old grandson.  When I came around a familiar corner I remembered that that place was in my dream and I immediately began to panic.  I was uttering pleas like "No! No!" and I began to get short of breath and felt like I might vomit.
I did recently experienced a very stressful experience at work just last week that threated my employment.  The situation is within control, somewhat.
This is a very new experience for me.  I'm almost 54 years old.  
What does this all mean?  Has anyone experienced this sort of thing before?

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   Posted 4/10/2012 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure if this will help or not but I know dreams are just the minds way of dealing with unresolved issues. Sounds like It could be stress related. I sometimes think I am having panic attacks while sleeping because I wake up feeling like I had one and it lingers all day. Not fun. I have found I can literally put myself into panic mode with my thoughts, so I would recommend stopping your thoughts of panic before it takes you into an attack. Just my two cents from my own experience. Take care!

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   Posted 4/10/2012 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tinkerer and welcome (you too JewellsBird!)

Great input from JewellsBird! I will just add my experiences to let you know that you are not alone in this.

I have had the deja-vu feelings from dreams during the day. It is an unsettling thing to have...especially is the dream is centered around feelings of uncertainty/a stressful situation.

I have not had a panic attack from recalling a dream, but I have had plenty of them upon waking from a dream. It doesn't even have to be a scary dream...just any intense/vivid dream can do it. I don't really see a difference between our situations, other than the timing. Emotions are brought to the surface, which is the trigger for the panic.

The subconscious is one of those things that we really can't for those who suffer panic, and already feel out of control a good amount of the time...these dreams could just be enough to tip the scale!

Practice your breathing and relaxation exercises and try to bring down your overall stress levels through exercise and enjoyable hobbies/recreation. If you need more self-help ideas, visit our Anxiety-Panic Resources (main page, 2nd post)

Please post with us anytime! This is a great place for support and sharing, with people who understand what you are going through.:)

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   Posted 4/10/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Tinker and welcome to HealingWell,
I have had post dream panic in the past but I now let go of the dream and start a new day without trying to figure out what triggered my dream.  Most of our dreams arises from our past experiences, fears, expectations. Things which have been within our sub-consious mind, suppressed by newer memories and ideas. They come back to us at some point due to unknown reason, specially when our concious mind is not at work.
You are not alone with this feeling but remember that you are OK and bring your mind back to being in the moment and not lost in worries about your dream.  You are safe.
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   Posted 4/10/2012 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
"Hello," if U don't mind me asking, do U take any meds 4 anxiety? Do U dream on a regular basis or did this dream just come out of nowhere? A
lot of times Ur dreams come from something that was said or a place U have been, even if U don't remember what the triggering issue was that the dream came from. Also different meds can cause vivid dreams, have U started a new medication?
i dream & have nitemares everynight. Very visual ones...and mine R almost always come in form as a nitemare & not a nice pleasant dream, in fact i can't remember the last time i had a nice dream. i also suffer from major anxiety/panic attacks. i wake up in the middle of the nite in a full blown attack or when i first wake up for the day. i hate struggling with this on a regular basis with weekly ones happening. Mine like Urs can also affect me thru-out the day, if something reminds me of the nitemare the following day...which makes me panic then.
i wish U only the best.
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