Nightmare disorder, which is also called dream anxiety disorder, is characterized by the occurrence of repeated dreams during which the sleeper feels threatened and frightened. The sense of fear causes the person to awake.
If you have nightmares you may not have nightmare disorder. A patient experiencing nightmares must meet the criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to be diagnosed with nightmare disorder. The manual, which provides guidelines used by the American Psychiatric Association for diagnosing psychiatric disturbances, gives four distinct criteria:
* The patient must experience repeated awakenings from frightening dreams.
* When the patient awakes, he or she must wake fully and be aware of his or her surroundings.
* The nightmares must cause the patient distress in important areas of his or her life.
* The nightmares cannot be directly attributed to another disorder, or be the direct effects of medications, substance abuse, or a medical condition.
If you feel you have nightmare disorder you should seek help from your doctor.
For more information: http://www.minddisorders.com/Kau-Nu/Nightmare-disorder.html
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