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So my biggest problem is dreams and the fact my mind will just flash them up whenever it feels like causing a panic attack and then putting a million questions in my mind.

I've had dreams that go back years and randomly my mind will fish them out and pop them in front of me. They don't even have to be bad dreams but they'll create unwanted adrenaline and anxiety. Then thoughts and second guessing everything and feeling on edge will last hours. It's horrible and weird. It's like my body and mind fear them before I even get chance to go "hold on that's just a dream" and I'm messed up for the rest of the day.

I'm on sertraline and propranolol daily and some days are better than others. People have said these meds are responsible for this feeling so wondering what the right thing to do is. I also have cbt every Friday which is all helping but not the best. I read books and am mindful and try all sorts of things but still I know it's there.

Just wondering if anyone else suffers similarly and how they cope etc
 

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I sympathise as I don't like gloomy dreams, but while there are people who analyse dreams, I don't think there's anything to be gained from them, and think they are best dismissed as soon as possible. They usually are just a reflection of how we are feeling in general.
 

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It's not the content of the dreams, it's the fact my mind will automatically, for no reason, flashback to dreams and memories and then I'll have an anxiety attack
 

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the question is why does the thought of the dreams make you anxious in the first place . can you answer that ?
 

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That's what I'd like to know. Not only that I want to know why the flashbacks are there and why they happen!
 

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I can only speak from my own experience, but I think it comes from the state you are in, which colours your interpretation of everything else. So, if you are feeling troubled, your mind will search - sometimes rapidly - through all thoughts, memories and dreams - looking for something, an explanation which isn't there. We also can then fixate on things, details, obsessively.
 

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Yes, I had this very bad in the beginning of my dp/dr.

If I was looking back and thinking about memories, or if it just popped up random memories, even good memories - the heat from chest was coming over me with full flown panic.

Like I freaked out because I realized that I'm still the same person as before, but at the same time I felt like I'd lost my self.

How did dp/dr started for you?
 
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