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A. There is the dark side of dreams - nightmares, dreams of fear, pain, irrational bad feelings that often cannot be explained. These can become a serious peoblem when you often wake up terrified, when you even don't sleep because of fear of nightmares... Nightmares occur mostly because some problem disturbs you unconsciously but seriously. Some nightmares carry obvious symbols that may indicate where your problems are, but often it is not that easy. Sometimes they can indicate really serious problems like depressions, sometimes just an inadequacy of getting along with yourself. It's difficult.
[Nightmares also occur in normal people without deep underlying problems. --RD]
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