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How often do other people have anxiety dreams? Lately I've been the Anxieticia, Queen of Anxiety Dreams of Anxietica. (These are dreams where you're specifically trying to do something fairly simple -- find a sweater, get to class, make a phone call, put your shoes on, open a door, remember where your phone is OMG, etc -- and you just can't, either through fumbling, interference, whatever.)


Couple of Halloween links, from Rick Klaw:

10 Awesome Homemade Halloween Costumes

and Historical Halloween House Tours. This includes the Ashton Villa in Galveston, TX, which is doing haunted tours this October. They have a little blurb about the house's history, but leave out the part about Miss Bettie during the 1900 hurricane, standing on the second floor balcony with a pole and a rope, trying to rescue people who were being carried away by the water. In better pictures you can also see the tiny little foot-high ornamental iron fence around it. That fence is actually over eight feet high, and was buried when they raised the island after the 1900 storm. They didn't bother to lift the house, just buried the lowest floor.

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I have anxiety dreams that always revolve around living space, being split between two, neither working, anxiety over trying to make it work, over where to be, where to keep my stuff; and ones in which I'm visiting and forgot to let my boss know I'll miss work and then can't get away from the visit and worry my cats won't get fed.

Though the other night I had a very complete and narrative dream about saving a whole bunch of children with a small team of operatives. That one was fun.

I periodically have the 'teeth falling out' dream. Hate that one.

Lately I've been the Anxieticia, Queen of Anxiety Dreams of Anxietica. (These are dreams where you're specifically trying to do something fairly simple -- find a sweater, get to class, make a phone call, put your shoes on, open a door, remember where your phone is OMG, etc -- and you just can't, either through fumbling, interference, whatever.)

With everything that's been going on lately, it would be surprising if you didn't have dreams like that. Sometimes, dreams just reflect our feelings and our inner reality (which makes it A Very Good Thing that dreams don't always come true).

I am fortunate that I haven't had too many of those dreams lately... I do hope you can start having more peaceful dreams.

The ones that in retrospect that always amused me are it's exam time, but I haven't studied for the class; wait, I haven't even been to the class once and I don't know the subject, but, wait there's more: I don't even remember signing up for the class, but it's time to take the exam and I'm going to fail and...and...

It's been 16 years since I was last in college...and I still have those?

Oh, God, I graduated college 19 years ago and I still have those exact dreams. Including trying to find someone who'll loan me the notes and tell me where/when the exam is!

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How often do other people have anxiety dreams?

::raises hand:: Me. I was just talking to... someone... sockkpuppett? The other day about the "can't make a phone call" dream. Gaaaah.

I used to get those a lot in High School. Mostly revolving around being unable to get ready for school in the morning. It was very video game like in that when I got to the school late the whole dream would start over again. I'd usually end up repeating the dream, failing to get there on time, three or four times before I'd actually wake up and realize I still had to go through the whole routine only for real this time.

Lately I've mostly been having the "my teeth have shattered into a million pieces" dreams. I also found out from my dentist that I've been grinding my teeth in my sleep, and needed four non-insurance covered fillings before I wore through the second layer of enamel and needed four non-insurance covered root canals. I think those two things are probably related. I get my night guard this Monday; I'm hoping that'll put a stop to those particular dreams.

Hmm, now that you mention, I've been having an increased number of weird anxiety dreams recently due, undoubtedly to being out of work since Dec 2008. The fact that I'm having them is pretty normal, the weird thing is that the anxiety dreams I have tend to be about my cats. I'll be on the Q train in Brooklyn traveling with them towards what was once my home stop, and I'm terrified that they'll get off the wrong stop and I'll never see them again. The cats are not always the current ones, sometimes they are long-gone cats we had years ago. They'll literally be running around the legs of my fellow commuters, and always seem to dash for the doors when they open and I have to shoo them back. I'm also worried that once we reach my home stop, I won't be able to get them all off the train in time before the doors close again. None of my fellow passengers ever raises a finger to help.

God, I actually have dreams of herding cats!

I've been having dreams where I've leave my baby at home alone and I keep trying to drive home but my car keeps getting further away. :-/

Oh, man. I have anxiety dreams about college classes that I haven't attended all semester (and forgot I'd signed up for) and about having to pack and move and there's no way I'm going to get it all done. I hate those. Especially the one where I *was* all done... and opened a room to another entire house worth of stuff to pack. My complete sympathies!

My classic dreams involve trying to control a speeding car.

If I'm just a bit stressed, I'm in the driver's seat.
Medium stressed= passenger seat.
Major stress= back seat.
Panic= outside the car.

Oh yes - I still have the exam-for-a-subject-I-haven't-studied anxiety dreams occasionally, even though I graduated 20 years ago. Amazing how that one sticks.

Mostly I have the one where I'm counting a pile of money over and over and it never comes to the same total twice.

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