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    What tips do you have for dealing with recurring nightmares?

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    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease ... View Profile

    My suggestion is to try journalling (ie, writing down in a safe, private and secure place), your perceptions of what you have experienced during your nightmares.

    I don't get nightmares but I journal every day (recording my thoughts and feelings). That helps me to gain a sense of objectivity and I hope that the same might be true for you.

    I don't know if you have a mental health care team but, if so, you could consider sharing parts of your journal with them - they could have some insight to offer.

  • Anonymous

    A bit off topic, I know, but can I ask what you do or intend to do with your journals. I've been keeping a journal for the past couple of years- and loving it.  Some of the stuff in there is intensely personal and could be easily misunderstood by a third party. Short of putting them in a locked box with clear instructions that they are to be burned with me when I die,  I'm not sure what to do with them.  Any suggestions?

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    Kathy Ballantyne

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    Kathy is a Psychologist with many years experience working with a broad range of issues that affect people in their personal life and work place. ... View Profile

    To assist I would ask what the theme of the dreams are? I would then help you to rescript your dream and change the disturbing aspect of it. Dream Rescripting has been used successfully with War Veterans.

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    Marian Spencer Counselling is a private practice located in Cornubia, South East QLD, and offers services Specifically for Women. I am a graduate member of ... View Profile

    • Don’t keep the nightmare to yourself and dwell upon it throughout the day.
    • Dealing with this mentally on your own can only serve to inflate the problem and blow it out of all proportion.
    • Try talking to someone you feel comfortable with and you can trust and work through the nightmare with them.
    • Bringing the nightmare out into the open can be a valuable exercise to highlight the reason for it.  Whether it is a recent ‘bad experience’ or something more deep routed from your past. 
    • Engaging in some cognitive behaviour therapy and thought training can work wonders and is often very successful with this particular problem.
    • Of course there are other methods like meditation prior to going to bed.
    • Setting up the bedroom to make you feel secure. 
    • Taking a nice warm bath, winding down, listening to calming music and recalling happy events in your life as you get to sleep etc.

  • Anonymous

    A nightmare, in my experience is like snoring. It's the person trying to sleep beside the man having the nightmare that is most affected. Some of your suggestions could work for me though.

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