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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.

  • Even less is known about nightmares. While some researchers think nightmares may stem from chemical imbalances in the brain, others believe they stem from deep-rooted issues or traumatic experiences. And still, some believe nightmares are simply a sign of vivid imagination.

So why would someone have a recurring nightmare?

There are a few potential reasons.


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The treatment for recurring nightmares depends on the cause. sometimes, a few lifestyle changes can reduce them.

  • At other times, medication changes may be necessary. A physician might be able to prescribe a medication that can decrease nightmares or change one that...


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"Substances and medications"

"Substances and medications"

Medication, drugs, and alcohol may interfere with brain chemicals and increase the likelihood of nightmares.

  • Studies have found that sedatives, beta-blockers, and amphetamines are especially likely to cause nightmares. In some cases, withdrawing from substances ca...


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"Borderline personality disorder"

"Borderline personality disorder"

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.

  • About 49% of individuals with borderline personality disorder report nightmare...


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"Nightmare disorder"

"Nightmare disorder"

Some individuals with recurring nightmares may qualify for a diagnosis of "nightmare disorder" Nightmare disorder is a mental health condition that is characterized by:

  • Recurrent episodes of well-remembered dreams that typically involve efforts to avoid threats to ...


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Common nightmare themes

Common nightmare themes

While nightmares can be about anything, reaseachers have found that there are some common themes to nightmares.

  • A 2018 study examined common nightmares in children. The researchers discovered that children’s nightmares often involved being chased, physical aggressi...


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The toll recurring nightmares can have on you

The toll recurring nightmares can have on you

These are just a few difficulties you might experience as a result of recurrent nightmares.

  • Link to suicide: A 2014 study found a link between recurring nightmares and suicide in war veterans. And a 2017 study found nightmares are associated with non-...


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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

  • A recurring nightmare is defined as an unpleasant drea...


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"Unmet psychological needs"

"Unmet psychological needs"

Some reaseachers believe that recurrent nightmares stem from unmet psychological needs, such as autonomy, compentence, and relatedness.

  • These unmet needs can lead to recurring dreams, and in some cases. curring nightmares as an effort at processing and integrating...


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Nightmares are one of the most common symptoms of PTSD.

  • They often involve re-experiencing the same trauma that was endured in real life (although they may also seem unrelated to a specific real-life trauma as well).


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