March 30, 2007 7:04am CST
I've been having incredibly graphic nightmares for about a year now. They all follow the same pattern, just everytime it's got a different person/people, and a different setting. It usually starts out just a normal dream, like swimming in the sea, going shopping... whatever people usually do in the more pointless dreams they may have. But then something doesn't feel quite right, and I always see someone I know and love, but it's like they can't hear me, or notice me. It's so wierd, everyone else in my dream just kind of... fades away and it's like that one person is all I can see no matter where I turn or if I try and close my eyes. And that's when it becomes a nightmare. Something devastating always happens to that person. And I feel really helpless because I'm just watching them be destroyed, and I can't do anything about it. I've watched my friend get beaten to death by his carer in the middle of a road, I've watched my Mother sink through the floor, my best friend drown... It's just haunting and it just sticks in my mind in the days that follow it. I've tried everything I can think of, or have found on the web that might help stop the nightmares. I've shifted my bed all round my room facing every way that the room would allow, I've tried scented candles, different material in my bedsheets, having a tidy room and a similarly UNtidy room, drawing my nightmares out, written about them, I've taken all the pictures and posters off the wall, moved them round, changed them about, nothing changed. I've even tried sleeping in a different room all together, seeing as my sister's moved out I stayed in there for a while, and it still persisted. I'm just wondering if anyone else has the same kind of problem and if you have any suggestions to what else I could try, then please say so. D:
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30 Mar 07
Wow! This certainly doesn't sound like much fun for you at all. I experienced something similar as a child and eventually was able to make it stop by seeking advice from a Professional (Psych). Usually these things occur because of some deep rooted issue and it helps to seek and confront whatever these issues may be by talking to someone unbiased and objective. My sister is a Psychologist and actually specialised in dream analysis as one of her core subjects in obtaining her degree. I too have had an interest in the subject as a result of this. Maybe the dream represents a feeling of helplessness you feel in relation to your family and friends in general. Have you recently taken a less active role in their lives and subconsciously feel guilt because of it maybe? It could possibly be a concern that your reduced involvement in their lives has now caused them to be able to survive just fine without your input and this has caused subconscious feelings of inadequacy and a feeling of unimportance? As I have said above, dream analysis is just a topic that I have an interest in and I am by no means an authority on the subject so I apologise if my comments are offensive in any way. My best advice is to talk to someone who is a specialist and dig deeper to see what may be influencing your subconscious to react this way whilst at your most relaxed state of sleep. Good luck!