When we think of nightmares, we often associate these bad dreams with kids who fear monsters under the bed or things that lurk in the dark. but adults often have nightmares too. And sometimes they are recurring
Understanding your nightmares is the first step in addressing them
While dreams have long fascinated people, little is still known about why we dream. And there is little consenus about wheter dreams have deeper meanings.
So why would someone have a recurring nightmare?
There are a few potential reasons.
Some reaseachers believe that recurrent nightmares stem from unmet psychological needs, such as autonomy, compentence, and relatedness.
Medication, drugs, and alcohol may interfere with brain chemicals and increase the likelihood of nightmares.
Nightmares are one of the most common symptoms of PTSD.
Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorer that is characterized by self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships.
Some individuals with recurring nightmares may qualify for a diagnosis of "nightmare disorder" Nightmare disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by:
In order to meet the criteria for a diagnosis, the symptoms cannot be explained by a mood altering substance
While nightmares can be about anything, reaseachers have found that there are some common themes to nightmares.
These are just a few difficulties you might experience as a result of recurrent nightmares.
The treatment for recurring nightmares depends on the cause. sometimes, a few lifestyle changes can reduce them.
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