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7 Surprising Signs You're Way Too Stressed

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Crazy, Surreal Dreams

When your mind gets overloaded with anxiety and doesn't know how to process it, a bad dream can be its way to work through the stressful experience so it becomes less threatening, explains Barry Krakow, MD, medical director of the Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nix It: Think of the dreams as free psychotherapy, a possible clue to what's making you tense, and a suggestion on how to deal with it. Focus on how you felt in the dream. If you were afraid or embarrassed, consider why. Then ask yourself what makes you feel the same way in real life. For example, you might realize you've said or done something embarrassing at work and need to apologize to someone or be more careful. If bad dreams are starting to interfere with your sleep, occur nightly, or are truly disturbing, you may need professional help to sort things out, says Dr. Krakow.

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Leyah26 wrote:

I want to not feel as though people are judging me for all the wrong reasons when I leave the house. I want to be able to leave the house on my own without all the anxiety that I have now. I want to one day be able to go on rides at amusement parks with the kids we will have one day. I want to go to an amusement park and not have to worry about if I'll fit or not

5/2/2012 12:28:01 PM Report Abuse
imaginarymona8 wrote:

Thanks for your helpful guides.

4/21/2012 01:59:47 AM Report Abuse
karsonalisarodg wrote:

This has been my life for weeks on end!! Except not the hives.

4/15/2012 11:32:08 PM Report Abuse
nfoghi2002 wrote:

thank you ,you're the best

4/13/2012 11:59:45 PM Report Abuse
lauraesb_3 wrote:

Now I understand that all my health problems are related to stress. Thanks. This article is really helpful.

4/12/2012 11:15:49 PM Report Abuse

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