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Hi James0007Bond,

It has been a long time since we have been in touch. It's great to see you!

So sorry to hear you are having all these nightmares.

When we go to sleep, our defenses are down. And so our minds have complete freedom to conjure up all kinds of stuff. Dreams can be about wish fulfillment, getting what we want in life. They can be plain old irrational. They can be about what we hope won't happen. They can be scary, as you are experiencing.

What we know about dreams is that we don't have any control over them. And that they don't have to mean anything. Just strange things that our minds due to use when we let down our guard. They don't have to have any meaning in and of themselves at all.

But I know that doesn't make nightmares any less scary.

If there is something in your life that you are worried about, it may be finding its way into your dreams, even if your dreams don't have anything specific related to what you are worried about. They may just be reflecting your worries. Stress can also affect the way you dream. Conflict with someone you care about can, too.

What I would recommend is to take a look at what's going on in your life. Is there some fear, or anger, or stress that you are living with? Something you haven't allowed yourself to acknowledge, and aren't effectively coping with? It might be impacting your dreams.

So I encourage you to do a self-inventory. This would be a good time to consider sitting down with a counselor and talking things out, and see if you can get some of the issues in your life that might be impacting your sleep. A counselor could help you to learn some new coping skills, and could certainly be a good listener, to help you find a way forward.

You might also focus more on getting more relaxation, doing things that help you to feel calm and centered. Also, good sleep hygiene might help. Turning off the TV and computer an hour before bedtime, thinking relaxing thoughts, before you go to bed.

This would be a good time to address the stress and anxiety you are feeling during the day. That's an important step.

Also, if you have had any changes in any kind of medication recently you might want to bring this up with your doctor. Another potential source of nightmares.

Again, this is a really good time to sit down with a mental health professional and talk things out.

I hope this helps, my friend. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing with this. And take good care of yourself!

Gary

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