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Nightmare

This is not a dream, it's a nightmare. I am unable to go back to sleep, so I found your site. Here goes. (BTW went to sleep at 11:30 and woke at 1:30)The dream starts off with me and my platoon on a bus with El Salvador troops. I am speaking in Spanish to one of the El Salvador troops about preventing something. (Can't remember what)Out the window of the bus is a huge, almost castle like house sitting in the distance on a hill. I do remember mentioning something about the drug cartels. Then in a flash, I am in a house (unknown home) with my mom. We are both very worrried and waiting for danger. Then my mom opens a door to a room and my brother is hanging there dead. (My brother was killed 3 years ago) My mom is freaking out, I'm freaking out crying and getting him down. I get him down and when I do he's in a bag. I opened the bag, and then it was my nephew in the bag. (My brother's son) My mom and I are in complete despair, crying and trying to figure out how we are going to tell his mom and talking about what this will do to her. Then in another flash, I am with my husband and we are in a hurry to pick my daughter up from school. It's late, getting dark and the school didn't call. (I said that in the dream) My husband and I are running, no car. We get to the parking lot and see her across the way. She's standing there holding a sign. (Don't know what it said) My husband runs up to her and is holding her like a baby. (She's 8) He looks at me and lays her on a bench. She was dead. I totally freaked out, he starts to cry. I am screaming that I will "kill every single one of them." I remember she was wearing a rain coat. The school was her school, but not her real life school. Throughout this nightmare I couldn't scream or yell. I kept trying to, but I couldn't. I woke up at this point. I might add that last week my platoon and I returned from a trip to El Salvador. I know this is probably just stress, but it was so vivid and completely crushing. I am so disturbed that I can't go back to sleep. Any help would be nice. Thank you.

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Re: Nightmare

Anonymous,
I'll tackle your dream either later today or Sunday morning. I have another dream I need to address and it may take up the time I have to put toward my dream work this morning.

From what I see on first reading my impression is the stress from your deployment does have a lot to do with the dream. In the dream there is a lot of despair and fear from family members. Those may represent inner fears stimulated related to experiences El Salvador. In dreams family members would not only represent themselves and your relationship with them, but also your emotions or complexes {your inner family}. The 'nightmare would be related to the stress due to your deployment.

But there may be more to the dream than the stress of the deployment. Dreams always have more than one application, addressing both recent experiences as well as deeper emotional fears and conflicts. In particular I want to examination the relationship with your mother since she is prevalent in the dream. It may involve mother/daughter relationships since later in the dream there is your daughter and you as a mother. An example would be your daughter wearing a raincoat. That may suggest emotions related to shielding yourself from your emotions involving your own mother. You may want to give some thought to the relationship with your mother.

For a primer to help you understand dreams i offer these two things to think about.
1} Your dreams are about your emotions with family members either/and representing the relationship with them or aspects of your own 'inner aspects'. It is probably both {normal in dreams}

2} Dreams speak in a language of symbol and metaphor. Death is symbolic of something coming to an end {even though you mention the death of your brother 3 years ago}. It would not represent a real death per say.

3} Nightmares are a result of continuing emotional conflicts and/or sudden traumatic experiences

4} All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. In your case the nightmare could be addressing the stress from your deployment to El Salvador {recent experiences} as well as deeper issues with family members {long term emotional stress}.

I'll look at these possibilities and explain more about dreams in my examination of your dream.



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Re: Nightmare

Ok. Thank you. I figured it could be.

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Re: Nightmare

Anonymous,
Check back tomorrow. There is probably much more involved. When you interpret your dreams you are exploring the unconscious and within those dark spaces are things you may not realize. When you do reopen the doors to those undiscovered emotions you are able to remove barriers that have kept you from 'being all you can be'. Perhaps a deeper examination will help to reveal more about yourself than you know.

Jerry

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Re: Nightmare

Anonymous,
Besides the stress from your mission I see three other possibilities from the dream. As I stated in my original post dreams have two or more interpretations or applications. This dream seem to have multiply applications. These three possibilities are separately in your dream by 'Flashes'.

The first of the three possibilities I see is the dream is addressing attitudes you may have toward the El Salvador troops. What are your feelings toward them? Were there experiences with them that may have caused you to develop an 'attitude' toward them?
In a deeper sense such emotions represent attitudes you hold toward yourself.

The second possibility I see concerns the 'danger' of your mission and the fears you and your have toward your well being. Consciously you do not show signs of concern but unconsciously it is in the back of your mind. The same may hold true for your mother although she may opening express her concerns in general. That is where the death of your brother comes in.
The experience of your brother's death is still 'hanging' on both your minds. You still carry these emotions around {bag}. The inclusion of your nephew may have personal associations which would may be related to concerns of well being {personal associations are seldom interpret-able}. He would represent a 'related aspect' of yourself in association with your brother. This too is probably addressing concerns about your well being.

The final aspect, and one I believe gets to the deeper aspects of he dream and your psyche. It seems to have to do with deep insecurities that began in childhood. This is, as much as the death of your brother and the stress of your mission to El Slavador, what makes the dream a 'nightmare'. Where there any experiences as a child you may be shielding yourself {rain coat} emotionally? Look back at your childhood and see what might be there. Your being in the armed forces suggest a strong masculine aspect. That could suggest a 'compensation' for experiences of insecurities stemming from childhood.

Let me know your thoughts, especially concerning the part about childhood experiences.



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Re: Nightmare

The El Salvador troops were great. My childhood wasn't perfect, but nothing I could blame any hidden insecurities on. My brothers death is an unsolved case, so of course that's on my mind. (No closure) The threat level was high in El Salvador, but no combat or direct hostility. Head was on a swivel the whole time though. We were all prescribed doxycycline, and asking around, it seems like others are having sleep problems. I'm thinking maybe it's just a side effect of the doxy. I appreciate all the input. You have great insight.

Re: Nightmare

Thanks for the response.

Something I overlooked in your original post and I just now noticed was the prescription drugs you took. The drug cartel could be a comment on the doxycycline {as well as the real drug cartels}. That type drug could cause these type dreams. I am wondering if the drug could also alter the dream imagery as it has to do with symbolic representation.

Have you had nightmares prior to taking the prescribed medicine or before you went to ES? Dream images are usually speaking to emotional issues but when the normal brain functions are disrupted there could be an alteration of the dream. I've been interpreting dreams for quite some time but have seldom come across someone who has taken drugs that alter the normal dream and sleep functions. I can read dreams quite well but if the imagery is distorted by drugs that could disguise the normal function of dreams {which is to alert the dreamer to unresolved emotional issues}. Dream research in this area is still quite new. I've learned how to interpret dreams by actual experience a my Dream Forum and when something new comes up of this type it is most important to understand the reasons. Not that the drugs have altered the symbols but there is the possibility. Not having experience with this type of dream and prescription drugs I do want to learn as much as I can for future reference.

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Re: Nightmare

Did a quick search of Doxycycline and there does seem to be problems with sleep interruption. It could be the cause of your nightmare. It doesn't seem to be a wide spread problem but with all medications seldom are all side effects reported unless they are severe. Have you had other dreams of this type and or trouble sleeping? Of course my interest is with the affect on dreams. If you have other dreams you can remember it would great if you would post them to see if there is any recognizable patterns.

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Re: Nightmare-Psychopharmacology of REM Sleep and Dreams

Here is an article from the Psychology Today website on how some drugs affect REM sleep and can cause nightmares.
Psychopharmacology of REM Sleep and Dreams

Here is Psychology Today list of articles on dreams, dreaming and dream content Dream Catcher: The neuroscience of our night life

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