What Causes Nightmares?
Nightmares can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose nightmares, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "nightmares" as a symptom. Here are five possibilities:
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Liver Congestion
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
metallic taste in mouth
a high-stress lifestyle
poor ability to relax
negative reaction to coffee
partial aspartame/neotame avoidance
high diastolic blood pressure
dark areas under eyes
high systolic blood pressure
... and more than 100 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of nightmares:
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
|Borderline Personality Disorder
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Sleep-Related Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about frequency of nightmares:
How often and severely do you experience bad dreams? A nightmare is more intense than a bad dream, waking you up and causing significant emotional distress.
→ Never / don't know
→ Bad dreams under once a month / rarely nightmares
→ Monthly bad dreams / nightmares under once a month
→ Weekly bad dreams / monthly nightmares
→ Weekly/nightly/recurring nightmares
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional bad dreams, occasional nightmares, regular nightmares or frequent nightmares, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Nightmare disorder has been linked to PTSD. Those with PTSD may have intrusive mental images or hallucinations about a trauma, or recurrent nightmares, much more than the average person.
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