The Stuff of Nightmares
Also known by psychologists as “nightmare disorder” or “nightmare anxiety disorder,” this type of nightmare occurs over and over for a prolonged period of time. Nightmares themselves are experienced quite commonly in people as dreams where intense emotional and psychological effects remain with the person even after waking up. The most commonly reported emotions are anxiety and distress, often with terror as an accompanying psychological response.
Not Age Specific
Studies reporting the most current data indicate that nightmares are not specific to any particular age group or gender demographic. From a broader perspective, young adults and children tend to experience nightmares more than the average person. The memories of the dreams are usually not repeated in future nightmares. Furthermore, the research shows that about 1 percent of adults and up to 3 percent of children and young people under the age of 18 have recurring nightmares.
Unresolved Emotional Trauma
The general consensus is the underlying these repeated nightmares is often an unresolved emotional or trauma that is being consciously or unconsciously suppressed. Ignoring the problem results in the repeated episodes. Because of the personal stress that nightmares bring, they are not to be dismissed as unimportant or irrelevant even though there is no immediate real danger to the person. Dealing with the underlying cause(s) will affect a meaningful outcome.
Beyond the psychological approaches, there are forms of self-help that are also effective in addressing the problem, such as yoga and meditation. Using yoga can be especially helpful with children and others who have difficulty understanding the concepts and goals of meditation. Yoga can be both fun and relaxing, and still be of benefit to the patient.
Keeping a Dream Journal
Keeping a dream journal is also worthy of consideration. This is a useful way to record the details of recurring nightmares that can help identify the specific underlying problem. One example of positively using the dream journal is with patients who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to help recollect past experiences that have been suppressed.
The primary option to consider is to undergo counseling with professional psychological help. They can provide an objective, outside perspective of the events and help make sense of them. There are dream experts who specialize in dealing with the complexities of recurring nightmares and may be able to bring an end to them.
Avoiding Negative Behaviors
Left untreated, the person who suffers with recurring nightmares may develop negative behaviors such as avoiding sleep altogether, becoming an insomniac, or continually reliving the nightmares during their waking hours. People who continue to resist help often speak of constant anxiety, leaving them mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. These effects will affect their relationships at work or school, and their general social activities.
Finding the end of recurring nightmares is a journey that may be short or long. The choice lies with the person who is willing to learn and take action so they can return to a normal life. If you are really having issues figuring out what the nightmares are about, consider online psychic chat with a psychic reader to see if there is some psychic reason you might be experiencing them.