How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Rossi Your Own Question

Dr. Rossi
Dr. Rossi, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 4627
Experience:  PsyD, LPC, CHt
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Dr. Rossi is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

i have many dreams of people shooting me. not every night but

Resolved Question:

i have many dreams of people shooting me. not every night but most of my dreams revolve around me getting shot, and then the rest of the dreams are me with a bunch of people and we are running from police, or other people trying to shoot us. Not on any drugs (illegal or prescription) and not drinking alcohol on a regular basis(when i do i'm not getting drunk). sorry added those so i could possiby get an answer that didn't involved drug or alcohol addition. I also talk outloud a lot in my sleep. wife can't understand what i'm saying most of the times. no sleepwalking, just talking and laughing, sometimes i sit up in bed and do this.

thank you for your time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Rossi replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

These seem to be dreams of persecutory nature. It would be important to note when they started to occur.
Repetitive dreams generally manifest in order to draw your attention to something that you're not fully dealing with/facing, or when there is an unresolved issue at hand.

The dreams can be seen in their symbolic representation. Being shot by others, could be associated with you feeling as though others are attacking you in some way ex: challenging your judgment, attacking your self esteem, sabotaging your life in some way ex: work, friendships, family, etc.

It would be important to also know what happens after you get shot. Do you find yourself dying, do you defend yourself somehow, do you remain invincible, etc.
Talking in dreams may occur both during REM and non Rem sleep. It could be a hint of a sleeping disorder but that can be confirmed or ruled out through a sleep study.

Think about what was happening in your life at the onset of these dreams and may be going on still at the moment.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


This last one that i had a couple of nights ago is the one that concerns me the most. almost all of them i come back looking for them to shoot them, however the one a couple of nights ago, i was shot in the side of the head and could feel(sense) the blood coming out of my ear, however did not see the blood and then my dreamed moved on to running and hiding from police and other people that are trying to do harm to us as a group not me personally. shooting happens to me, never anyone else and the rest of the dream is me protecting other people (people i don't know) from getting caught/shot from police or non police people. trying to sell a house, trying to get situated in a new house (been there since aug 1,2012) and trying to get a rountine which seems like a never ending story.

Expert:  Dr. Rossi replied 1 year ago.
Being shot in the head could signify 1) threat to one's mental health (as though you feel your head exploding from all of the external stressors symbolized by the aggressors in the dream) 2) Feeling blood coming out of your "ear" could be relate to your belief of not feeling heard by others. Not only that, they're disregarding how it makes you feel in the end.

The other individuals involved (encountered in the dream) can represent others you're dealing with on some level. Yet, you are the main character and that is why they're not being shot at but only you. They feel that they can run (take the path of least resistance) to avoid problems. You on the other hand Michael, are seen as more of a rebel or threatening (making waves) and therefore the main target.
Persecutory dreams generally represent external threat to which your mind is responding while sleeping. Your brain is still trying to find solutions and a way out to problems encountered during your wakeful hours. It is as though you're running but can't avoid these issues.

Dr. Rossi, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 4627
Experience: PsyD, LPC, CHt
Dr. Rossi and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education