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Disturbing dreams of past abuse causing sleeping problems and other issues of life. Help?

Hi My Name is David I am a 49 year old white male I have been having disturbing dreams about the abuse I suffered at my mothers hands. It was all physical and emotional. It lasted until I was 18. I m afraid to go to an anylist because I don t know if I really want to remember everything. I can t sleep anymore because I m afraid the dreams will come. It is really causing issues in other areas of my life as well, sex life, friendships ect. Please help me.
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I can understand that you are going through a difficult time due to your disturbing dreams about your abuse in childhood. It appears that this is causing you significant personal and socio-occupational dysfunction. You also report inability to sleep.

No, since your symptoms are causing so much of distress, it is important that you seek professional help. You need not necessarily see a psychoanalyst to relive your past traumatic experiences. But you definitely need emotional support and counselling to help you handle these problems.

I would suggest that you see a psychiatrist for a detailed psychological assessment and further management. trist for a detailed psychological assessment and further treatment. There are effective treatment options - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy which will help you overcome your problems and help you have a proper, restful sleep.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 8 Jan 2013
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