PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE QUESTION
I followed through on your suggestions and the anxiety
has decreased dramatically and I am definitely much happier. Because of the decreased anxiety I feel much more confident as well. Thanks! Another situation I would like to address is some long-term nightmares
I have had. I have been researching information about PTSD nightmares, but still haven't found anything definitive about how to deal with them. The dreams began after my husband passed away. About two weeks after his passing, I returned to work with the idea of getting myself back on track by staying focused on work. However, after I returned there were major, sudden changes to my job assignment. We had a new administration team that year and the comfortable, familial setting we had built for six years also seemed to have shifted dramatically. I left my job and took an early retirement. The dreams seem to be a result of multiple difficulties--I had been with my husband during his sudden passing and when I returned to work the job changes felt overwhelming. My long-term friends at work seemed to feel awkward and uncomfortable around me, and would often state that I had lost weight and they were worried about me. One of my friends told me that my situation frightened people because they didn't want to think about how they also could lose their spouses suddenly. I felt alone and sad
. Perhaps my situation was uncomfortable for people, perhaps my behavior was somehow different, but the end result was I was too bereft to deal with any more stress
or sadness. In April, I left the school where I had been one of the founding teachers, a school I loved deeply. Some of my students graduated in May and I attended their graduation; that was the last encounter with school. My perspective is that the multiple difficulties started the repetitive dreams. The dreams always have some of the same elements: I can't find the classroom, I am unprepared, I do a poor job and am evaluated poorly, I feel anxious and confused and lost. I often have these dreams several times each week. How delightful it would be to reach some resolution with the dreams and move on! Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Marian.
Research on PTSD dreams. Meditation
. Rewriting the end of the dreams.