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Has Anyone Had Nightmare Reprocessing Training Or Therapy?

Discussion in 'Sleep & Nightmares' started by Muse, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Muse

    Muse VIP Member

    Okay, most of us have recurrent images or recurring nightmares, no matter what the trauma was. If you're like me, it seems random, you don't know what triggered it, and you hate it. You wake up angry that it happened again, and once again, your own mind has tortured you when you wanted to be resting.

    I found an article on how simple and adaptable it can be to work with these in 20 minutes a day, and that by working on the dream/nightmare level, and being able to work through this ON OUR OWN, we take back our power over our own minds and that it helps with other symptoms of our PTSD. Okay, that hooked my attention. I read the article and need to try this right away before I forget. I do not recommend everyone here do this. I will try it because I believe healing originates in what I do or do not do, and has little to do with what others do, even a therapist.

    If you are in therapy, maybe you should print the article or mention it to the T first, as only you and your T can decide. If you're not in therapy, well, this might be too much.

    I am not currently able to be in T due to financial and the fact I can't find a trauma specialist in my town (there are not any) and need to work out how to locate one in the state and drive.
    WARNING: Link contains the narrative of a WWII nightmare, which may be triggering for combat trauma or violence of any kind. That said, it gives us a sense of what our soldiers have had to live through, and that helps us have compassion.
    Here is the link. http://drkathleenyoung.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/trauma-treatment-nightmare-reprocessing/

    I welcome any feedback from anyone who has tried this or a form of this.
  2. Muse

    Muse VIP Member

    I haven't had the chance to try it yet. I think I'd use the classical music not a tape. Now that I think of it, it's a bit scary to go there into the nightmare. I think I would need a supporter to talk me through the steps. (Yeah, I know; don't be a hero.)
  3. Venusian

    Venusian VIP Member Premium Member

    I did something like this on my own when I was a teenager. I had been having a recurring nightmare for as long as I could remember and I read an article in a science magazine on redirecting dreams. My nightmare always started out with a phrase and then I could never remember the rest except that it always terrified me and I had it almost every night. At that point in my life I had blocked out the memory of the trauma and had no idea what had happened, it has only been in the last few months that it has started to come back. It took a few weeks of thinking about the phrase while I would try and fall asleep and give it a pleasant ending, much like was stated in the article. It didn't always work but eventually it did work more often than not. I only have that nightmare occasionally now. I have been told that because I could not remember the nightmare or the trauma that by doing the redirection it may have been a reason that it took so many years for the repressed memory to surface and delayed the processing. That is just a theory though, there are probably a lot more factors involved with why the memories only surfaced in the past few months. I wasn't in therapy when I did this but I am now and I would have discussed this with her, it may have made it easier to have help with the process.
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  4. Muse

    Muse VIP Member

    Yes, I think your theory has a point. My recurring nightmare took on overtones of the country I was forced to move to during teen years. I then convinced myself that the forced move was the source. This is like 'screen memories'

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