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OCD Behaviors Agitated By Dreams

  A new research study shows that intense dreams influence waking anxiety in people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).  Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief.  Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. Research on OCD suggests that stress and anxiety drive most of the compulsions involved with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Anger, shame, and magical thinking (thinking that one has super powers or can control other people or things) can also trigger stressful emotions that drive compulsive behaviors. Calvin Kai-Ching Yu of the Department of Counseling and Psychology at Hong Kong Shue … Read entire article »

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A Dream (I Pray Will Never) Come True

A Dream (I Pray Will Never) Come True

I can’t tell you enough times how nice it is not to wake up in the middle of the night in a pool of my own sweat, on the verge of hyperventilating, trying to figure out if I am sober or not. What I am describing is the phenomenon of awakening from a drug dream. Once the sleepless nights of detox ended, incredibly vivid drug dreams began, and had become a regular part of my … Read entire article »

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Using Dreams: At First Afraid and Now a Blessing

  The word “dream” defined in the Medical Dictionary, American Heritage is “a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.”  The key word in this definition is involuntary and when we sleep we can’t control what we dream about.  Dreaming is scary and discomforting for those individuals new to recovery, like I was, because occasionally they were filled with the thoughts or even the action of using, but as time goes on, these dreams can be thought as positive and now today, for me, a blessing. When I first started getting sober my using dreams were very prevalent, occurring two or three times a week.  These thoughts and actions of using in my dreams were uncontrollable as it states above in the … Read entire article »

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