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Is it normal that dreams could be traumatic?

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Last Updated: 06/18/2018 at 12:26pm
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March 2nd, 2015 5:26am
It depends on how traumatic. If you are reliving a painful or distressing experience then you might be having a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.
June 16th, 2015 7:37pm
In my experience, yes. Especially dreams that are quite vivid, in my personal experience. Those dreams can be traumatic and quite a shock, for sure, in my opinion.
September 13th, 2015 8:00pm
Everybody experiences different dreams. At what level they experience them could be different. If you are having troublesome dreams that you can't explain or can't get over, perhaps speaking with a counselor or therapist can help.
April 6th, 2015 8:16pm
Dreams are extremely underrated and can affect us in many ways. It is not uncommon to have traumatic dreams.
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May 5th, 2015 6:01am
Do you mean dreaming of traumatic things? Or the dreams causing trauma? Our dreams are a product of our unconscious. People have night terrors all the time. I do believe that it's possible to relive trauma while sleeping, however I don't think the content is truly new, it's simply from our subconscious. It can affect you currently, however it was already pre-existing.
October 28th, 2015 12:00am
It is perfectly normal for dreams to be traumatic. Unfortunately, our brains sometimes like to do that to us..
November 10th, 2015 11:12pm
of course it is. at the time we are dreaming them it feels real so all our emotions are there. of course if it was particularly bad then it would play on your mind. almost like a bad dream
November 16th, 2015 8:28am
I believe that dreams can be traumatic. Sometimes our dreams can seem very real and that can be damaging to us, especially if the subjects in our dreams are touchy issues that we have dealt with in life already.
September 25th, 2017 2:40am
The answer to this question in my opinion would be yes. It is very normal that the dreams that you may experiencing to be traumatic. This could be from a handful of very normal issues, such as something from the past or a recent traumatic experience. These dreams can be very real and scary. It is important that when you have one that you talk to someone.
June 18th, 2018 12:26pm
Dreams can be traumatic. We have no control over the content of our dreams they are a product of our unconscious.