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Re: "just anxiety"

Posted by Elizabeth on October 26, 1999, at 19:57:15

In reply to Re: "just anxiety", posted by AMY II on October 20, 1999, at 11:10:13

> I had a horrific nightmare last night. It doesnt seem normal at all. there was a girl tied to abed and a guy with a knife to her throat she already had a cut on her neck and he was asking her to admit something and she wasnt saying anything and he took a huge chunk of skin right beneath her chin it was membrany very vivid. She wouldnt answer him still so he took the knife and slit her nose. and pressed the knife so far into her nose there was blood puddling on her face. you couldnt even recognize her.


Please try to get a consultation with a sleep specialist.

I'm not sure Zoloft is the best antidepressant for you, since you are having these nightmares. Although they do decrease total time spent in REM sleep, SSRIs (like Zoloft) also increase REM density and frequently cause vivid dreams as a side effect. A tricyclic or MAO inhibitor might be better...I've also heard of clonidine being used for nightmares, though mainly those associated with posttraumatic stress.

>I just want to drink to make it go away.

Don't do that...could muck with your sleep even further.

> They have a file on me now at the ER and everytime I go they say you have panic disorder to me.

You might, but those nightmares can't be attributed to that.

> Or " i think you have anxiety." If ativan helps we will put you on that and then go see your therapist.

Give the Ativan a try. It might help with the nightmares.

> Could and MRI change evrything? If they do an MRI and it comes back normal then does that mean thats it?

No. Don't give up. Don't let them make you give up.

> Just see my pychiatrist(sp) from now on? How do i get them to do an MRI? They dont think it is necessary if you can believe that one.

I think a polysomnograph - a sleep study - would be more appropriate, actually.

>Maybe I should see a female therapist. No offense to the guys. Just because she might be more sympathetic to what is happening to me.

Some people get along better with one gender or the other...I've always preferred male therapists (and nearly all my friends are men, too), and perhaps you would find a woman easier to talk to.

Best of luck.




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