Anxiety and bad dreams

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   Posted 12/29/2006 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone with anxiety has bad dreams all the time. I dream almost every night that my fiance is cheating on me, some times right in front of me, telling me he doesn't want to be with me.  It feels horrible, I am always crying in my dreams.  Usually the girls are younger then me ( I am only 28,he is 31) sometimes they are older or with people we know. The thing is my fiance isn't the cheating type, we are always together- he wouldn't even have time to cheat.  I have always been the more likely person to cheat.  I had a drinking problem up until I got sick 1 year 3 months ago.  I don't drink anymore.  Why am I having these dreams?  It is killing my confidence.  I saw a lot of infidelity by my father to my mother as a child (sometimes wittnessing the act myself).  There must be some psychological reason.  I never dreamt like this before.  Are bad dreams common with anxiety disorder?  I am on Wellbutrin.  I am not convinced it is working- do you think a better med would help with these negative thoughts?

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   Posted 12/29/2006 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any advice about your medication, or for the reason behind your bad dreams.  But, I wanted to let you know that I do have horrible dreams, all the time.  Mine are more of the scary variety, dangerous man in my house, someone trying to hurt me or my family, etc.  It feels so real at the time, and I wake up terrified and that feeling can last all day sometimes.  I do believe that anxiety causes them, since before this setback, the bad dreams were not a problem for me and have only started up again since my anxiety has been worse.  I suppose it is possible that your dreams are what they are...about infidelity...because you did deal with that growing up and it may be a fear of yours that you aren't even aware of, but that would only be a guess.  I try to just accept that the bad dreams are going to happen for now and try not to think or worry about them too much.  They are just dreams, not reality...that's what I tell myself.  I hope that yours will pass quickly, I know how miserable they can be.

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   Posted 12/29/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Junebug, you are right- they are just dreams- not reality!! Thanks!

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   Posted 12/29/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   

wellbutrin or any other antidepressant can cause bad dreams

you could ask doc about swapping to one of a different type in the hope that it wont

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   Posted 1/3/2007 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Taking Nuerontin for 4 days now to treat my anxiety. And a low does of temezepam for 2.5 months.

Since taking the Nuerontin I've had some really wierd drems. Not scary so much but strange. Although I woke up the other morning because in my dream a spider was crawling on me?? Otherwise the dreams aren't so bad as just plain strange. Driving an old car I used to own; which caused me alot of grief and probelms in real life.... all kinds of wierd stuff. Anyways, I will continue on the nuerontin because thats helping alot with the anxiety. Just makes me a bit drowsy.

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   Posted 1/3/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, have been having really crazy dreams (and wonder if that's part of the reason I wake up so anxious).  My stress level has increased tremendously recently and I have been increased to the max dosage of Zoloft.  I had been wondering if either of these changes are the cause of the dreams...

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   Posted 1/3/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello aquarias
Since I started taking my anxiety meds I have some real strange dreams myself. Even some like you about my hubby but I know better we both had that done to us in other marriages so we both have compleate trust. They are just dreams so they will get better hun. Still wierd...but better.

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