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    Dr. S: Dreams making depression worse at times--is this common?
    Anon_963 posted:
    My therapist said dreams are 'just that' and I need to learn to say 'it was just a dream'. Because I'm 'obsessive--without being compulsive', she said I let them trouble me more than most people would--other than those who, like me 'obsess' over things to an abnormal extent.

    I don't always remember the dreams--but excerpts 'pop up' sometimes during the next day and make me think--'why would I dream anything like that' or what does a crazy dream like that mean?

    Due to a physical condition that has not eased for a very long time, and is treated with low dose 'valium', and occasional 1/2 dose of the lowest dose of Xanax for the anxiety this causes, I wonder if it and meds for high b/p and A-fib can add to the dreams?
    This brings on even more depression and some days really badly. I did see a Psychiatrist--now just a therapist and she has helped me alot but I still deal with dreams and intrusive thoughts that bother me and wonder if the drugs are adding to this?
    I can't tolerate anti-depressants--and I've tried basically all of them.

    Do deep breathing, Alot of praying--have a deep faith, and try to keep busy--but 'boy', some days are so hard and then others I do fine.

    Is this common with depression and can it at some point just go away? It really didn't start bothering me until this physical ailment that has reduced my quality of life--alot--came on about 5 years ago and has gotten worse. I still keep going, am female in mid 70's--with lots of blessings. Any suggestions? thanks

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