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Old 02-09-2020, 10:06 PM   #1
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I experience lots of nightmares, all related with my social anxiety. Every night I have these nightmares. They are all around my past bad experiences and my fears. I was wondering if it could be kind of PTSD since they are so repetitive, threatening and frequent.

Two points I consider needed to be mentioned are on one side, my medication has been reduced a lot and itís not one that particularly has the effect to induce deep sleeping or nightmares. On another side, Iím retired from work now, due to my high level of anxiety so I kind of live in my comfort zone now. I feel very far from being forced to live these anxiety levels again.
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You wrote you're retired from work now & "feel very far from being forced to live these anxiety levels." I haven't been actively employed for 20 years now. However I "ran on my nerves", so to speak, throughout my childhood as well as throughout my working years. Since then, similarly to you it sounds like, I still experience high levels of anxiety.

My body feels as though it's churning 24 / 7 even though I have virtually nothing to be anxious about. So I've come to the conclusion my body was wracked with anxiety for so many years it simply no longer knows how to function any other way regardless of whether there is anything to feel anxious about or not. Perhaps this is the way it is for you too?

Here are links to 2 articles, from PC's archives, on the subject of nightmares just in case you're not already familiar with them:

More Than a Dream: The Science Behind Nightmares | Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

How to Eliminate Recurring Nightmares

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I havent worked in almost 20 years, and i still have nightmares about my job, or when i wake up, i believe i HAVE still been working, then i have to think hard about it to go over how i have spent my days these past years and realize i have NOT been commuting, etc!, ive been watching Rachel Ray or whatever! But i had started having nightmares during the last year of my job, and got fired most ingloriously, so that might have something to do with it. I took it pretty hard. I took it very hard. It broke me. YMMV.
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You wrote you're retired from work now & "feel very far from being forced to live these anxiety levels." I haven't been actively employed for 20 years now. However I "ran on my nerves", so to speak, throughout my childhood as well as throughout my working years. Since then, similarly to you it sounds like, I still experience high levels of anxiety.

My body feels as though it's churning 24 / 7 even though I have virtually nothing to be anxious about. So I've come to the conclusion my body was wracked with anxiety for so many years it simply no longer knows how to function any other way regardless of whether there is anything to feel anxious about or not. Perhaps this is the way it is for you too?

Here are links to 2 articles, from PC's archives, on the subject of nightmares just in case you're not already familiar with them:

More Than a Dream: The Science Behind Nightmares | Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

How to Eliminate Recurring Nightmares

Iím afraid my body and mind are way too used to produce high level of anxiety no matter what. You made a lot of sense.
Thanks for sharing the articles.
Iím very interested in all related to dreams.
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I havent worked in almost 20 years, and i still have nightmares about my job, or when i wake up, i believe i HAVE still been working, then i have to think hard about it to go over how i have spent my days these past years and realize i have NOT been commuting, etc!, ive been watching Rachel Ray or whatever! But i had started having nightmares during the last year of my job, and got fired most ingloriously, so that might have something to do with it. I took it pretty hard. I took it very hard. It broke me. YMMV.
I understand you. For me, it was also very hard. I enjoyed my job so it was hard to make the decision that I couldnít deal with it anymore.
I guess I will have the same nightmares for a long time, only hope they lower the frequency because as you say, itís like facing again and again to old ghosts.
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This thread is welcome...for me---I too have bouts of nightmares, often work-related now that I am retired (sometimes older stuff)---I've decided that it may be happening because I am retired (...like somewhere I feel "safe" having these because I don't have to be there anymore...but it sucks)---[when I was very young I had nightmares, then I had lovely dreams for years, full of symbols and colors and...then I saw a T and immediately began having nightmares--and growing younger in said nightmares--I was in my 30's then. Now, 67, work...I think when I am living something I just run on fumes and react later...if that makes any sense
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It has lots of sense that when you saw a T. you began to experience dreams and nightmares. I had the same experience. It seems as your mind kind of awake and itís more open to work on what there is inside it.

Iím very curious about the world of dreams but these repetitive nightmares where my worst fears arise over and over again are pretty disturbing. I guess I will keep having them as long as my fears remain. That is, forever.
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