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DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY BAD DREAM BECAUSE OF THE JOB AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT OR DO YOU EVEN LET ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM???

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I keep having the dream that I am being eaten by a big mac. and sometimes I see chickens following me around in my patrol car.

Just kidding, I couldn't resist.

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HAHAHAHAHA THAT WAS GOOD THOUGH...

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I tried my best not to...

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Ezra Brooks makes them all go away


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OGC, nightmares, intrusive imagery, and flashbacks are very common symptoms of acute stress. Usually they go away on their own. When they don't, intervention can be very helpful to stopping them. Sometime Google EMDR (Eye Movement Deprogramming and Resensitization) for one fairly new, really fast, and non-pharmaceutical method of treatment.

There's good information at www.icisf.org which is the website of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Good luck!

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No bad dreams.......Did u here me, my agency police psychologist? No bad dreams.

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I have learned to suppress them for now. I can go to sleep and just sleep like in a coma. But a couple times a month I just cant sleep. I close my eyes and see all the images there one after another, not all of them bad. Its like watching a slide show of my past on the job.

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OGC, how long have your symptoms been occuring? New onset, or something that has been going a while? PM me and I will talk about this more indepth. I have some modicum of experience with PTSD. Holla, bro. On here for about an hour.

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I've had pretty bad dreams.


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I guess I have the typical LEO dreams. I pull my weapon on an armed suspect and my gun misfires, I'm chasing someone, I'm fighting with someone, I pull up to assist my partner on a traffic stop and he has been shot, my husband is shot in the line of duty, etc.

I don't let them bother me. I may loose sleep, but I deal with them. They are just dreams.


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I think there are "just dreams" and then there are dreams that really are PTSD symptoms. Jack has the right idea, to handle it through PMs, but just for discussion's sake...

I've been doing LE chaplaincy since 2000. After I'd been in it awhile, I started having LE stuff come up in dreams, some of them unpleasant. These were indeed "just dreams", my head processing the new realities of my life.

But some years ago I was attacked and beaten up by a couple of hooligans. I had a string of attack dreams after that, that lasted for quite awhile. Other acute stress symptoms, too-- hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response. That was my mind processing another new reality-- the realization that I am mortal, vulnerable, in a world where there are people that would attack you as soon as look at you. And those dreams were profoundly disturbing. They went away, those dreams, as I readjusted my frame of reference to include those new realities.

After I started working in LE chaplaincy, many years later, I had another a attack dream-- dreamt I was mugged and I realized that the mugger was about to find my badge, and I'd be lucky if he didn't shoot me right there, and take the badge and use it for bad purposes. In that dream I fought him like a demon, not because I was afraid of losing my money or keys, but because I didn't want him to see that badge. I think that dream was an "echo" of that little bit of acute stress that I had experienced so many years before.

When and if they return, I will know it is just something triggering those old memories.

Here's the important thing about such dreams: it's important to know when you are experiencing acute stress because it can mess with your perceptions. It can make you misinterpret the actual situation you are in because you are seeing it through the trauma of past events. OR it can make you hesitate at moments when you need to act immediately, because you worry that you are misinterpreting it. Doesn't make much difference in MY life, since I am not making the sort of split-second life-and-death decisions you LEOs have to make, but y'all need to pay attention to such things.

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A few months out of the academy, I had this dream one night that was SOOO vivid! I was at a Pep Boys in Manassas, VA with a couple friends. We just drove up and I was riding in the back. I remember debating on bringing my purse because I knew I wouldn't buy anything but I had my gun in it. I decided on leaving it but as soon as I got out of the car (friends ahead of me) and walked up the sidewalk, a vechicle drove up and the way the guy looked, guts told me not good. I started to head back to the car but couldn't get there (that eerie feeling of slow motion). He was trying to kidnap me. I stupidily told him I was a cop which made him smile bigger. I kept trying to get to the car but couldn't so I ran inside Pep Boys and screamed at them telling them to call the police. They looked at me like I was stupid and asked WHY? I jumped a register and called 911 and told them what happened and the guy was still sitting outside watching me. Smiling. Police came right as he left but didn't get him. For weeks I could do a line up! I could give the license plate number and color make and model of car. It really freaked me out. When I had the dream, I had no idea there was even a Pep Boys in Manassas! Sure enough, there is. I refuse to go to it just because of that. There were more details and such back then but having been almost 3 years now, I can't remember it all anymore. ICK... I remember waking up to a panic attack.


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Great example, TRex!

Doesn't that sound like your mind was really absorbing the implications of the new reality of being a LEO?

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Just like LCarvin said, I have scenario dreams and I would say every single LEO has them.

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ChaplainKeppy said:

Great example, TRex!

Doesn't that sound like your mind was really absorbing the implications of the new reality of being a LEO?

Maybe so....


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onegoodcop said:

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY BAD DREAM BECAUSE OF THE JOB AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT OR DO YOU EVEN LET ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM???

I am a USAF VETERAN, am diagnosised with PTSD, ANXIETY DISORDER, DEPRESSION. I have a tramatic brain injury and nightmares get me all the time!! However, I am under psychiatric care for my meds & social worker care for the opportunity to find the reasons behind some of the problems. It does not mean I am crazy, I accept that things went wrong in the service, however, I have blocked them and am dying to find them so I do not have the nightmares any longer! In my nightmares I am always a prisoner, tied up or locked up with no escape, being tortured. Once I find my one chance to escape, I find myself in a maze and cannot find the exit, I am being shot at. I wake up in a sweat, usually screaming or in a startle. This even happens when I am riding on the bus or train...that is embarrassing!!!!
I take meds at night to go to sleep so I do not remember my nightmares, but I hate the fact that I have to do that so sometimes I do not take them and thats when I have the ugly ones. Talking about this usually helps a great deal!!!!

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The dreams that bother me are the ones when you are REALLY on duty and you have that deja vu feeling. I HATE THAT!!!


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mousee, when I was having my attack dreams, I noticed a sort of progression in them. At first I'd be so scared in the dreams I'd just wake up as soon as I dreamed an attack was ABOUT to happen, even before it DID. Just the thought that it was going to happen again was enough to scare me awake. As time went by, I got to where I'd go longer before waking up, and I'd put up a fight-- but I'd lose, or realize I was going to lose, and that's when I'd wake up. Once I had a dream where the attack was about to begin and this time I felt totally victorious because I knew I could FLY; I flew up to the top of the building and turned around to laugh at my attacker and he was flying up, too-- wake up!

I think I can see in that progression getting okay about defending myself, exploring resistance, but always with the final recognition that I am still vulnerable. Which, of course, IS the reality.

Funny thing is, in one more recent nightmare, my attacker was a cop. And that would be a nightmare, when the forces to which you look for protection become the problem. In the end, there is always that vulnerability that has to be faced. Guess that's what makes them nightmares.

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Maybe that means we've had too many "bad cop" threads... Stop reading them! That's an order! :P


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LOL

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ChaplainKeppy said:

mousee, when I was having my attack dreams, I noticed a sort of progression in them. At first I'd be so scared in the dreams I'd just wake up as soon as I dreamed an attack was ABOUT to happen, even before it DID. Just the thought that it was going to happen again was enough to scare me awake. As time went by, I got to where I'd go longer before waking up, and I'd put up a fight-- but I'd lose, or realize I was going to lose, and that's when I'd wake up. Once I had a dream where the attack was about to begin and this time I felt totally victorious because I knew I could FLY; I flew up to the top of the building and turned around to laugh at my attacker and he was flying up, too-- wake up!

I think I can see in that progression getting okay about defending myself, exploring resistance, but always with the final recognition that I am still vulnerable. Which, of course, IS the reality.

Funny thing is, in one more recent nightmare, my attacker was a cop. And that would be a nightmare, when the forces to which you look for protection become the problem. In the end, there is always that vulnerability that has to be faced. Guess that's what makes them nightmares.

Wow Chap! I'll stop challenging you on religion, I promise! ;)

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feeling guilty dayngerus?

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ODIN said:

feeling guilty dayngerus?

All my life. Product of a Catholic upbringing....

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LOL

It's okay, dayngerus-- the cop I dreamt of was no one I'd ever met before. Now, if I ever have a dream where the Samhain is coming after me, I'll be in touch! ;-)

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Where in the world did you get the idea I was Pagan? LOL

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Look at your icon, Brother! Isn't that Samhain, with his big scythe?

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I've had bad work related dreams since I started this life. I've also had a good amount of victorious dreams where I end up on top, the perp dead and the innocent safe. Most of the time I sleep well...when I can sleep.


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I remember when I was a kid, my first job being a cashier, I'd dream ALL NIGHT that I was ringing customers... Sometimes my mother would wake up to me telling them how much change they got back. Those were exhausting nights! Lemme tell ya! lol


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Actually, it's the grim reaper. It has to do with what I do, rather than what I am. Samhain is a celtic holiday. It is also associated with neopaganism and is represented as the spirit of Halloween. And no, if you see the grim reaper chasing after you in your dreams, not a whole lot I can do for you! LOL!!!

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