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Anxiety Dreams

I just recently heard this term and realized how perfectly it fits me -- "unpleasant dreams which can be more disturbing than nightmares, characterized by feelings of unease, distress or apprehension in the dreamer upon waking." That sounds like 99% of the dreams I actually remember. I have GAD as well as SAD, not to mention insomnia, so I get them regularly -- at least 2-3 times a week, if not every night of the week. They really mess with my sleep, too, as I almost always wake up feeling completely drained and exhausted.

I had an exam this morning. So of course last night I dreamt that I failed the exam and, subsequently, the entire course, and my instructor who I really admire berated me and told me how disappointed she was. I often get dreams in which I suddenly have to take a final exam or complete a project for a class that I totally forgot about all semester so I'm totally unprepared -- those have been happening more often since I actually did forget to submit an assignment for a Computer Science course this semester. I'm pretty sure the disruption of my sleep ****s with my memory too. I've been pulling straight A's for six straight semesters now but somehow my brain won't let go of this dread of failure. Sometimes I think people who just don't care about school or their grades are lucky -- because they don't have the immense pressure to keep up perfect scores.

Of course the dreams are not always about school. I get a lot of them about my car, for some reason -- I guess I'm more attached to it than I thought. I'll get dreams where somebody has broken into or stolen my car. I get a lot of them involving religion, too -- usually about being forced, blackmailed or otherwise coerced into going back to my parents' church, because that's the only way I'd ever go back.

I wish I could just shut off the whole dreaming thing; my brain just won't shut up and let me sleep. It's gotten to the point where I have anxiety about going to bed because I really just don't want to get stuck in another anxiety dream -- so I stay up too late which only makes me more exhausted in the end. It's a vicious cycle. How lucky are people who never dream?

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My dreams are usually like that too, except I don't have general anxiety when I'm awake -- only when I'm asleep. Most dreams are anxiety dreams, or sometimes other strong emotions like frustration or anger, and I'm anxious from it when I wake up... but it fades once I'm fully awake for a few minutes.

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i pretty much never remember what my dream was... at all, is like my mind simple shuts off al non vital functions,

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I wish I could just shut off the whole dreaming thing; my brain just won't shut up and let me sleep. It's gotten to the point where I have anxiety about going to bed because I really just don't want to get stuck in another anxiety dream -- so I stay up too late which only makes me more exhausted in the end. It's a vicious cycle.

I tend to have a lot more nightmares (predominant emotion is terror) than anxiety dreams, but I do have quite a few dreams about my old job, which was incredibly stressful, or about losing my home, or getting into fights with my parents, etc., and those dreams are never much fun.

I wrote about my nightmares here.

Is it just me or is it getting crazier out there.
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The Multi-Agent Quantum AI Computers busy showing you how it's going to remapped your environment.

For me, the AI shows me personal remarks with texts about what I write online and say in person, where it talks about how it's going to make the people in the shelter take advantage over me. The text talks about my writing comprehension/grammar, my responses being repetitive, and it showed me that the people don't want any communication with me online and in person to isolate me. The people online would make the same personal remarks regardless of what subject that I talk about, just like how it was shown to me in the dreams by the Multi-Agent Quantum AI Computers.

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It would say Community College, and say to me "You said that she said she, she, she in the text dreams"

Then while waking up in the morning time my mother wanted me to admit that I prevented myself from going to community college, because I told her the case manager said she will email the Cuny employee the residential letter to waive my college application fee.

^Where my mother mocks my response by saying to me that I said she, she, she, she? and informing me that I don't make any sense, because I never went to see the case manager in the basement. My mother holds me accountable for the case manager unintended actions and never thought of supporting me with the idea that its the case manager responsibility to ensure clients request.

This morning, the Multi-Agent Quantum AI Computers showed me going to college and taking the SAT in the dream, and this morning from the actual environment when I walk into the library there was a misplace SAT book in a book stand saying SAT for dummies. Before going to the library, me and my mother had an appointment with the case manager, and my mother said SAT to the case manager.

I have extreme anxiety, sleepiness, stress, because I'm accountable for the rebooted programmed people communication and behavior no matter how much effort that I put for applying for jobs and colleges, I don't received any social support to be in a working environment and education environment. The case manager and my mom think alike that I purposely created the situation in the first place, when I'm putting effort into getting in a working environment and education environment.

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I was having really vivid anxiety dreams for weeks, mostly when I was taking 50 mgs of Seroquel and Melatonin at night. I notice when I sleep really deeply, the anxiety dreams seem even more real. They are usually about fighting with someone I love, since that is one of the fears specific to my SA.

Sometimes I get feelings of such extreme restlessness when I get into bed that it is physical uncomfortable, like restless legs for my whole body. It can trigger feelings of dread and panic for me. I've found that getting up and stretching or moving to the couch helps break the negative associations.
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I go through very bad phases of what seem to be anxiety dreams, where I wake up feeling very paranoid about being in danger, as if people are after me. I do some strange things for a few seconds after waking, trying to get to "safety", even though everything is obviously fine. I've managed to hurt myself a few times in the night before I snap out of it, including broken bones. These are the nights where I typically wake up in the morning over and over, feeling worse each time. Eyes and body soreness that get worse each time I wake up. I hate it. My insomnia issues make me anxious about going to sleep. I wish I was the type of person who just loved to sleep and felt better after sleeping.

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