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I've been having chronic nightmares for the past two years and my family keeps blowing me off. I kept a dream journal but the dreams just became more and more vivid. They aren't terrifying but they are stressful and almost always end with my death. In fact just last night I dreamt I was in a school caught in the middle of a massive storm. It was flooding the entire school and I only woke myself up as I started to drown. Any help?

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Learn lucid dreaming. Its actually supposed to be a lot easier for people with bad nightmares.

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Hmm... I'll try and look into that
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I tried and I had it working for a couple weeks there, but it takes some effort to maintain and I kinda fell off the horse.
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Then again I dont have nightmares.
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It's a tough thing to get down. I'd suggest going to reddit.com/r/Luciddreaming for more information on it. They can answer everything for you.
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Great! I can do reddit
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Good to hear. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them or me.
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Well, it is usually better to think positive before bed and go to bed at an earlier hour. Also, find somebody to talk to not just a journal

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I try but my mom blows me off and my brother and friends are just like, "cool story bro"
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Dude your friends suck if they don't give a @$#% about your problems. Get some new friends. Stress is serious.
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Don't worry Dude!
These are just dreams, you have them because you think of them before sleeping. Try not to think of them.

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I thought that at first but now its been going on since 2 years ago
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Therapist

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There might be medication for this. Try asking your doctor about it.

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I'm not taking expensive drugs for this unless it gets seriously bad
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I didn't know how bad it might be. On the other hand, there may be inexpensive drugs for it. Although, personally, I find mind altering drugs scary.
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Me too. I don't like taking "fix-it pills" because i don't know the side-effects
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-Dreams mean...alot of different s***...as long as your not pissing you pants when you wake up..everything is fine....i know this bro...i've pissed my pants because of a dream that was like...for a whole week!

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When I was little I used to get horribly traumatic nightmares. In fact the first dream that i can remember was a nightmare. My nightmares made me afraid of the dark but after about the age of 11 I stopped having nightmares at all (puberty) only to have them start up again out of the blue 2 years ago
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well i don't know what to tell you but you should see some one because it might mean something you and your family is look over.

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Well the only thing I can think of is that the dreams changed a couple months before my brother went to prison but that wasn't after so idk if that had any effect on the dreams
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do you remember anything bad happening right before the dreams started? that could be it, but if it's stressing you out you might want to think about therapy

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Nope. I just pray and go to bed
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Try to be calm before you go to bed and think of happy thoughts. Dreams like that can mean all kinds of different things....I don't think you should worry about. But if you want you can call someone that you think might help you, like a health professional that specializes in stuff like that, they should tell you what it means and what you can do to help stop the dreams.

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Try listening to music before bed.

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That's a new one but I mostly listen to metal...
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I was like that once too but just for like a week. Try sleeping at random times like don't plan on going to bed just all of a suddenly lay down and fall asleep... I hope that made sense.

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Dont go to sleep, lol

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That will fix everything. Now I will just hallucinate my nightmares. Problem solved :D
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as long as you wake up, you will be fine.

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Pretty positive take on it lol
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i don't know if this might help or you might think that i am crazy but when i was very young i use to have scary nightmares and one night when i went to bed my mom put a tiny little bible under my pillow and never ever had a nightmare sense then you may use it as a last resort but you might leave that option open

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I pray every night but I still have the dreams. They aren't really like you would think a nightmare would be like. I'm not frightened, but I am usually killed, attacked, or persecuted in some way. (i.e I could be flying a jet plane through rolling pastures and all of a sudden be shot down from some random target and plummet into the ground at high speed)
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Learn to realize that you're dreaming and then you can stop it. It's called lucid dreaming, and it's the greatest thing EVER, as you can do whatever you want. The thing is that you need to do constant reality checks, to tell the difference between reality and a dream (Which gets very hard if you can easily remember your dreams). Simple RCs would be pinching your nose and trying to breath through it, or counting how many fingers you have. These work the way they do because while sleeping, you aren't physically plugging your nose, and so you can breath while holding your nose. The finger counting works because most brains finds it hard to count more than five at one time, so that you may have eight fingers in a dream. But, while doing RCs, make sure to really TEST the world around you. Really think to yourself: "Am I dreaming?" And question the world around you. I warn you, though. The dream world is a disturbing place... Sorry about the wall of text I just slammed on you.
TL;DR: Lucid dreaming can solve your problem.

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But there's the ticket. Some dreams are more obvious than others. It is easy to wake up from a war dream, but sometimes I will be in familiar places. There it is very hard to tell reality from dream, and my brain doesn't register it as being just a dream but thank you though. I'll try and see if it helps
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I was told there's a comment here and there's no comment here. I ask you why, Ask.com?
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Ah, ignore that last comment.
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That is the reason you use reality checks frequently. If you frequently pinch your nose when not dreaming and you expect to be dreaming, the more likely you'll do it when dreaming, this inducing a lucid dream.
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It would be best to try and be calm before u go to bed maybe have some tea and when u are about to fall. Asleep think happy thoughts they say that whatever you r thinking about before u fall asleep is what u dream about if it continues maybe ask a doctor also there is therapy they also say that nightmares are caused by stress or anxiety good luck

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Just a tiny tip- smell something nice before bed.

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when i was little i had night terrors and they could get pretty extreme and vivid.. the way i try to stop them is to stay away from negative thoughts and think about things that you like.. or listen to some music or watch a movie.. this didnt always work but i try my best to stop nightmares from happening to me

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If I don't want to have a dream I think about dreams b4 bed and it seems like every time I think about dreams b4 I sleep I don't have them. Idk maybe I'm weird but it works.

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If you're having "nonstop" nightmares, you might have daytime anxiety. Anxiety can be treated with medication. Another thing that can trigger nightmares is eating before bed.

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Doctor.Go to him/her...

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You need a hug.

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