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Why do I wake up with so much stress and a sense of doom, as if something terrible just happened?

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Last Updated: 12/14/2020 at 4:54am
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Top Rated Answers
March 5th, 2015 7:02pm
Maybe there are many things that are holding you back form having peace of mind that needs some letting go. I know it's easier said that done. but please at least try helping yourself by letting the negativity go one at a time and try seeing and pushing yourself seeing good in every thing. Carpe Diem! :)
April 28th, 2015 10:14am
This sounds like you may be suffering from anxiety, sometimes it can make us think the worse is going to happen, when really it isnt. Try and think what could be causing you this stress, normally it is little things that have built up. By tackling each small problem a day at a time not only reduces stress but makes you feel like you have accomplished something.
July 4th, 2015 6:27am
You are experiencing depression. Know that it is mostly in your mind. When you feel this way, talk to someone close to you and tell them what you are feeling. They may be able to give you a new perspective on the situation. It is perfectly normal to feel depression at times, and if you feel it often, there are professionals out there who have experienced it and can help you.
July 21st, 2015 1:16am
It sounds like you may be experiencing some anxiety, depression, or both. It's important to address these feelings with a doctor if you are experiencing them long-term.
February 13th, 2018 11:16pm
Maybe it could be a dream you’ve had or something stressful might happen in the future on that day. If you feel that way, take a breath and look around you. Look outside to see the calming nature andinhale and exhale in a deep way in a pattern.
February 26th, 2015 9:52pm
Maybe you have had a really bad dream where this occurred. It is possible to have a panic attack in your sleep and than can make you feel that way when you wake up.
February 29th, 2016 6:30am
Often in anticipation of an upcoming event or unfinished business we can take on a feeling of anxiety or doom.
August 16th, 2016 6:03pm
I wake up that way because there is no purpuse left out of life, and that life has drained me a lot and everything just seems meaningless and confusing. I can neither sense joy nor drowning depression anywhere and everything is so empty! May be I had a bad dream I don't wanna recall!
December 14th, 2020 4:54am
Sometimes it can be caused by bad dreams. You may not remember having them and they may be affecting your mood upon waking. Other times it comes from life stress that has not been dealt with. When you are sleeping you arent thinking about them and when you awake it comes rushing back. I would highly recommend you look into therapy. This is a sign your body is giving you that you need support right now before this develops into something more difficult to manage. At the very minimum ask yourself if your basic needs are being met. Do you socialize? Eat well? Sleep enough? Exercise? Have healthy hobbies to look forward to? Maybe this is a sign you are due for a positive change in your life. You may find information on anxiety to be helpful to you. Meditation exercises are readily available on youtube and are free.