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I keep getting these nightmares or weird night terrors at night or even if I daydream, the daydream can turn into what I call a day nightmare too.

I’m not sure what I can do about these unpleasant images.

I can’t do CBD, I’ve found that it can make it worse now.

Is this trauma? I think it is, unless it’s something else. Or stress.

I keep getting these nightmares or weird night terrors at night or even if I daydream, the daydream can turn into what I call a day nightmare too. I’m not sure what I can do about these unpleasant images. I can’t do CBD, I’ve found that it can make it worse now. Is this trauma? I think it is, unless it’s something else. Or stress.

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I had nightmares and out of body experiences after trauma. I was not in a state of mind where I could get trauma therapy at the time. I turned to practicing lucid dreaming and doing so called shadow work. Basically teaching yourself to become lucid when you're dreaming, standing your ground and facing the things that haunt you. The hypothesis of shadow work is that the thing that haunts you in your nightmares is your shadow self, i.e. things you reject about yourself such as shame. The work is to integrate this separated part of yourself to make yourself whole; "embrace your shadow".

I don't necessarily buy into all that now but it was helpful at the time to build a mental framework to handle the nightmares. And the nightmares stopped and I had a lot of fun exploring lucid dreams. However, it can potentially be a very scary process in the beginning and I recommend getting professional help first if you're in a state of mind to do so. I eventually got trauma therapy and I'm glad that I finally got professional help.

I've found that figuring out what causes the dreams can really help solve them.

In the past I've had a lot of success with just Googling "common theme in my dream" dream meaning.

Would I be right in thinking you’ve already tried things like meditation or yoga?

Yes I have tried those things but I really should get back into those things. It’s just really hard to calm my mind because I live in a high alert/stress state in my current residence

It’s just really hard to calm my mind because I live in a high alert/stress state in my current residence

The nightmares might also be partly an attempt by your inner self to push you to get out of this bad place. Mine reduced sharply when I walked away from the situation that was putting me on edge all the time.

That could easily be it.

I’ve felt so stuck for such a long time that I don’t know how to get out of this place or this stage, and I feel like my parents are complacent despite telling me otherwise

Maybe journalling so you can get to the bottom of what's causing it, so you can address it.

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Edit!!: I also highly recommend talking to a Dr to get some medicine to help. I'm not a doctor, but claudapin (idk how to spell) works wonders. It treats anxiety as well as insomnia. I think it would really benefit you.

Cuddle a stuffed animal. It's not childish, it's been proven to help even adults sleep better at night.

Buy a weighted blanket.

Sleep with colored lights in your room. You can buy a nightlight with many different color modes for little as $4.

Fall asleep with a cartoon or other wholesome show on, I used MLP:FiM back when my nightmares were really bad. I would leave the tv on so if I woke up scared to death I could just look over to that for a while.

You could try melatonin. It's supposed to calm your mind before you sleep.

Earplugs, noise cancelling headphones, or white noise machine can help. Or a calming playlist of music as you fall asleep.

I haven't been able to completely rid of or get therapy for my trauma induced nightmares but I've found these things help. I'm sorry you're dealing with it it's truly the worst when you can't even escape your mind in sleep. I hope you find something to help you.

edit: oh!!! Another thing I've found really helpful!! When you wake up, imagine the nightmare ended a different way. For example, I once had a nightmare where this horrifying paranormal thing was chasing me, I woke up before it got to me. I was terrified until I decided to imagine we were just playing tag. Then the dream was less scary, almost not at all.

Thank you, I’ve tried most of those things but some of them I haven’t.

I hope you too can get some therapy for the nightmares