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*possibly triggering* Nightmares, only not asleep - January 3rd 2015, 04:25 PM

I had nightmares last night, only I wasn't sleeping. Every single time I was just about to fall asleep, I felt someone touching me. All over my body. Mainly in my private areas. No one was there because I'd jolt up and I'd be alone. But I wasn't sleeping. I can easily say I've never been more frightened in my entire life. I was feverish and almost threw up.
I've had sexual abuse in the past...is this what's causing this? How can I avoid it? I don't want to sleep ever again cause I'm so scared.
   
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Re: *possibly triggering* Nightmares, only not asleep - January 11th 2015, 06:28 PM

I am not a medical professional (as nobody on TeenHelp is) but these could be symptoms of underlying issues with the sexual abuse that happened (such as symptoms of PTSD) or other mental health issues. Have you ever spoken to a therapist about these issues, or others you may be facing?


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Re: *possibly triggering* Nightmares, only not asleep - January 13th 2015, 05:52 AM

I would suggest talking to someone, a doctor, a therapist. Are you in any kind of counselling situation? If not I would suggest going to your doctor and looking into services.

I can see why this would be so frightening and while I'm not a professional, I may have a technique that can help with this sort of situation.

Grounding.

Grounding is when you Breathe and connect with your surroundings, remind yourself where, what, why and who? Reminds yourself where you are? What you are doing? Why you are doing it? and Who is in the room? Remind yourself that your safe and your okay. Look at the colours in the room. For example, my blanket is red, my walls are white, I'm alone and wearing a purple top. The stuffed animal at the end of my bed is a bear with big pink ears and a blue bow. I think you get the idea. It really helped me in situations I panicked about the stuff in past.

I hope this helps. Message me if you ever need to talk.
   
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