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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.