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What Would You Do If You Didn’t Know You Were Awake?
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What Would You Do If You Didn’t Know You Were Awake?

I have continued to wonder about the subject of sleep. I have often wondered about dreams. What dreams mean, how dreams effect my life, and how to apply their messages to my waking night.

A recent show on NBC has sparked my interest. This show has also giving me a lot to think about. The name of the show is Awake. For any of you who may not have seen the show, the main character never sleeps. Well, that is actually the question the show purposes. When is he actually awake?

The main character lives two different lives. When he closes his eyes to sleep in one life, he opens his eyes, and is "awake" in his other life. He also sees a therapist in each different life. Both therapists say that the other life or "reality" is the imaginary one.

At the beginning of the season the main character was in a car accident. He was driving and his car went off the road. His wife and son were in the car with him. In one life his wife dies. In the other life his son dies.

His therapists explain that his mind has created the realities to deal with the trauma of the accident. The therapists explain that he does not want to deal with the grief or let go of either of his family members. As of now, we do not know which life is real or when or if he is "awake."

This idea of not being able to deal with past traumas has given me a breakthrough with my nightmares. I recently attended a lecture at my church about metal illness. The therapist there talked about all different types of mental disorders. I found the informational very helpful.

One of the disorders he talked about was post traumatic stress disorder or P.T.S.D. He explained that nightmares were a common symptom of the disorder. Another symptom of this disorder is reliving traumatic experiences during the day. Often these memories will seem like disillusions or hallucinations because only the person reliving the memory can see or hear the experience.

Reliving a traumatic experience is horrible, but seeing and hearing things that no one else does, is even more horrible. I have been in this situation many times. I have P.T.S.D. Learning that many of the nightmares I experience are memories, I am reliving is helpful.

Although I am still scared when I wake up from a nightmare or when I am reliving a memory during the day, I find that once the episode has finished, I can think about what triggered the memory. When I see how current stressful situations trigger past memories, I am able to understand why I feel the way I do.

There are many days and nights that I do not know if I am awake or not.Currently a medical cure for P.T.S.D. or any of the mental disorders I suffer from has not been discovered. Education helps me understand them better. I identify with the character in the NBC series Awake. I know that with a positive attitude, looking for humor in my life, and understanding that pain does not last forever, I will be able to survive each day, awake or not. As always, I wish sweet dreams to all of you!


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C4rmen  

Bless you Merrily for sharing.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you very much for sharing this.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Shawn!

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  about 1 decade ago

Merrily, thank you for sharing your personal experience. I am not surprised there is 'no medical cure' however I think you will have great success if you think outside the box. Find another modality that appeals to you such as one Joan suggested. I have experience with Time Line Therapy TM and know that people have been relieved of PTSD in a single session. The therapist who related this story to me was telling of a client who had been a medic in a war and was very traumatised. Listen to your truth. If YOU think there is an answer to your trauma then you will find it!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Heather. I will think outside the box. I have not heard of Time Line Therapy, but will look it up. I do appreciate to value of a positive attitude and am going to take some time off writing for a while to get some perspective. Thank you.

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Merrily, that sounds like a mighty challenge. I'm sorry you are going through it. There is much you can do to help yourself. Do you know what the trauma was? Have you tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)? That might help. Also, energy clearing could help.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you for your comment. No, I have not tried any of those techniques. I will look into them. Thank you for the suggestions.

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  about 1 decade ago

Merrily Kelley, I read so much into this article and worry about how watching programs like this "Awake" make you think. I went now quickly to my dash board to see if you commented on a few articles I have written lately. I see you haven't, so I cannot relate things I've written about with you, what I read here.

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  about 1 decade ago

That was not the intent of the article and no I haven't read any of your articles lately. I have not had a good month and unfortunately sometimes a good day is just getting out of bed and watching TV. I am sorry that I have not read your articles. I am going to take some time off writing for a while. Thank you for your insight, but the show actually does help me.

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  about 1 decade ago

I was by no means trying to get you to read my articles, (God forbid) but I recently wrote on request, a few articles on CFS, Lupus and behcets and the mental trauma that sufferers of these ailments go through is not very pleasant, as I'm sure that yours are not, all I wanted to say and pass on was that wellness centers and places of that nature have been found very beneficial to the mental side effects. PTSD, is a further miss understood ailment so many fob off as self inflicted, where as it is in fact a debilitating ailment, as bad as, if not worst than, CFS. I feel for you and what you are going through and from afar it would be stupid to give advise, all I can do is wish you good health and you will be in my prayers.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Rob, I am sorry I misunderstood your comment, I you don't need to make anyone read your articles. I like reading your articles, they are awesome. I did not express myself correctly, I am not writing in street articles for awhile because I am trying to post for 30 days in row in my blog, so I can train myself to write articles 30 days in row. I also wanted to take some time off to read, read, read, all the new articles on this site and old ones too. I did take offense and that was wrong, and I appreciate your prayers, and am very grateful for all of your comments. I am also grateful for constructive criticism, I just need to be better about understanding and not taking it personally. I also feel for anyone with any chronic illness, mental or otherwise, and do agree with you that it is not easy for any of us. I do appreciate advice though, and connections, and friendship. You will be in my prayers and my reading list as well!

  
  about 1 decade ago
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