Is it normal for me to have recurring dreams about my rapist (even though the incident happened years ago)?
Last Updated: 04/10/2018 at 5:20pm
Tracy-Kate Teleke, PsyD, M.A., LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
I assist adults and couples in CA experiencing relationship challenges and interpersonal struggles including anxiety, depression, and a myriad of other life challenges.
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I personally had recurring dreams for 4 years now, or maybe nightmares is more the word, from my rape when I was younger. They have definitely become less frequent, and I have realized that I have triggers that I can trace (certain laundry baskets, people who look like him on the train, guns) and connect to it, so when I encounter those things during the day, I try to spend an hour or two thinking calmly and bringing myself out of hte past and into the present, where I am safe and happy. It doesn't work all the time but it works enough that it has really helped me overcome the pain that came with having those dreams a few times a week sometimes. So yes dear, it's normal and it is an awful thing to keep experiencing so I am sorry. *hugs*
Yes. Unfortunately, it is horrible and unfair. I sought counselling and practised meditation to help
Yes. Rape is a traumatic event for anyone at any age or at any time. Stay strong. This too shall pass.
Yes. You cannot control your dreams and having this one might mean you are just working through a tragic event.
yes. It is absolutely normal. But do seek professional help if this dream persist and/or disturbs your sleeping experience.
If you are having difficulties with a past traumatic event perhaps you should seek the advice of a healthcare professional like a therapist or counselor to help.
Dreams are often your minds way of trying to process events that are confusing or painful. They can be really horrible to experience and if there are distressing talk about them with someone you trust, is there something you haven't dealt with?
It's completely normal, you're not alone, i was raped 3 years ago and still having nightmares.
Yes, because it will still be traumatic, you could also get a doctor or talk to a friend. If you need any more help, contct a listener
Absolutely. It's common amongst victims of severe trauma to relive those moments. As terrifying as it can be, it's always going to be a subconscious experience.
Its probably normal x When you have experienced something serious like that, it might be hard to forget though how hard you try x
Rape is an extremely traumatic event and yes, having recurring dreams, even years later, is common. If these dreams are causing you grief, please seek help from a professional who specializes in PTSD.
It's absolutely okay. Sometimes these things comes much later after the incident happened. It's a way howyour mind try to protect itself. I'm sorry you have to go through this. Did you try to talk about it with someone?
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