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Nightmares - December 18th 2018, 09:31 AM

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I suffer a lot of nightmares. Iíve been hospitalized a lot in my life, and Iíve been through a lot of bad things, like force, like force-feeding and other stuff.
Itís been like 6 years and I still get nightmares and flashbacks

Any good ideas to make it dissapear?
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Re: Nightmares - December 18th 2018, 08:04 PM

I would recommend seeing a therapist. It's really unfortunate that force feeding (for an eating disorder I assume) ended up being a traumatic situation for you and a therapist who specializes in the issues you deal with can help with the trauma and nightmares.
   
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Re: Nightmares - December 18th 2018, 08:22 PM

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I would recommend seeing a therapist. It's really unfortunate that force feeding (for an eating disorder I assume) ended up being a traumatic situation for you and a therapist who specializes in the issues you deal with can help with the trauma and nightmares.
I see a therapist, and they donít know how to help me
Itís been like this for years, and I donít know what to do.





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Re: Nightmares - December 18th 2018, 09:12 PM

Sorry to hear you are struggling with nightmares and flashbacks. If your therapist doesn't know how to help, maybe they can refer you onto someone who can? Maybe someone who specializes in trauma and trauma based treatment, for example, trauma focused CBT or EMDR.

If you aren't already, try to get a night time routine going to help you feel more relaxed. No screens before bed, and no caffeinated drinks or heavy meals a few hours before bed. Make sure your room isn't too hot or cold, and not too light either. Try to do things to help you relax, maybe journal a bit about your day and think of things that went well or that you are grateful for. Perhaps have a bath, read book or practice mindfulness before bed. Remind yourself that you are safe now. If you have a nightmare, try not to be harsh on yourself and instead remind yourself that you are trying to process the past but that here in the present you are safe.

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Re: Nightmares - December 20th 2018, 10:35 AM

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Sorry to hear you are struggling with nightmares and flashbacks. If your therapist doesn't know how to help, maybe they can refer you onto someone who can? Maybe someone who specializes in trauma and trauma based treatment, for example, trauma focused CBT or EMDR.

If you aren't already, try to get a night time routine going to help you feel more relaxed. No screens before bed, and no caffeinated drinks or heavy meals a few hours before bed. Make sure your room isn't too hot or cold, and not too light either. Try to do things to help you relax, maybe journal a bit about your day and think of things that went well or that you are grateful for. Perhaps have a bath, read book or practice mindfulness before bed. Remind yourself that you are safe now. If you have a nightmare, try not to be harsh on yourself and instead remind yourself that you are trying to process the past but that here in the present you are safe.

Hope this helps a bit
Thank you so much for your reply.
My treatment center donít know what to do about it
Iíve talked about it and it didnít work..

The only thing that helps is to sleep with my boyfriend.





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Re: Nightmares - January 1st 2019, 08:11 PM

You should definitely consult a doctor!
   
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Re: Nightmares - January 2nd 2019, 12:25 AM

I'm so sorry that you're dealing with nightmares. This isn't something I've dealt with personally, so this might sound silly or trivial, but a couple things you might try are a) going to bed and waking up at a consistent time every day, and b) shifting your consistent bedtime to be earlier or later.

The nightmares that I have experienced are not related to trauma, but I do find that I have more nightmares when my sleeping schedule is out of whack or when I go to bed too early. I'm not sure why this would be - maybe because getting too little or too much sleep affects your sleep cycles, which I assume would affect nightmares. So if you normally go to bed at 11, maybe try going to bed at 9 or 10, or at 12 or 1, and see if that makes a difference! Waking up at different times might also have this effect - I personally have more nightmares when I sleep past 8 or 9 in the morning.

Again, I don't have personal experience with trauma-related nightmares, so this is just a suggestion. I also second what previous posters have said about seeking out a therapist who specializes in trauma. Trauma-related nightmares and flashbacks are very common, so someone should be able to get to the bottom of this! You may just have to consult several different trauma-focused therapists/psychologists before you find someone who is able to help. I wish you the best of luck, and I really hope things start to get better soon!
   
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Re: Nightmares - January 2nd 2019, 01:26 AM

What about seeing a sleep specialist? If your current treatment team cannot figure it out, maybe a sleep specialist will be able to see where or what the underlying issue is.
   
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Re: Nightmares - January 4th 2019, 08:59 PM

Hey Lucy,

I'm sorry to hear about everything you've been through. It's understandable that you would struggle with nightmares and flashbacks after all that.

This might sound a little bit silly, but do have a favorite blanket or something equally comforting that you like to sleep with? I know you said that sleeping with your boyfriend helps, and I'm assuming that's because you feel safe with him. Do you have anything that you could cuddle with that would provide you with a similar sense of security when your boyfriend isn't around? (It won't be exactly the same, of course.)

Sometimes if my mind is going a mile a minute right before bed, I put on a YouTube video or podcast that I can listen to while I'm trying to fall asleep, and I find that it helps get my mind off of things. Maybe this could possibly help ground you. You could also put some calming music on in the background if you'd prefer.

I hope you're able to get to the bottom of this and find some relief soon. Best of luck!
   
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