What could it be?

Hi there,
So I have continuous nightmares which I sometimes wake up a few times at night. I have had past experiences which i think could have triggered the nightmares (even though the experiences happened a long time ago) I sometimes hear people calling my name when theyre actually not. I am in constant fear of my surroundings when i am in a big group; I am not afraid of the people in the group but of something which im unsure of. Could this possibly be something to do with a mental disorder or some sort of medical issue? or could the fear just be my imagination?

Hi Spooks, My apologies for

Hi Spooks,

My apologies for not responding to your question sooner.

Frequent nightmares may be the result of unresolved trauma (you alluded to that when you mentioned experiences that may have triggered them). The trauma doesn't have to be recent.

As for hearing someone call your name - without more information it's difficult to know what that's about. The paranoia you feel in a big group could be due to several different things as well.

If these issues are interfering with your life and / or causing a lot of distress, then I highly recommend having an evaluation with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional. They could be due to PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and / or another disorder. My guess is they are more likely psychological as opposed to physiological ("medical") in nature, but without an evaluation, it's impossible to say.

It is very possible they are all tied to past trauma, and my best recommendation for that is psychotherapy.

I hope that helps!

Dr. Lane

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