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Since I've been diagnosed with PTSD, I've had nightmares.

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Since I've been diagnosed with PTSD, I've had nightmares. Experienced earlier in the night than I had previously experienced prior to the accident.
I have dreams that often involve me being chased. I feel a sense of urgency, like I need to get away. I also have a lot of nightmares where it's a version of the accident. The dreams get so bad that I wake myself up and end up losing hours of sleep.
My questions are,
How does trauma/PTSD affect dreams/nightmares?
Have you noticed certain patterns in those who suffer from trauma-related nightmares/PTSD?
Do you have any advice in the treatment of these nightmares?
Thank you. I hope to hear back soon.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 10 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am sorry about your PTSD

there are medication treatment for PTSD with paxil or zoloft which could help your symptoms

also psychotherapy with a PhD psychologist could help decrease your PTSD

both of these treatments could help your nightmares and help decrease your anxiety and PTSD symptoms.

but you have to see a doctor about them

have you talked to a doctor about your PTSD before?