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There are 4 comments on How Virtual Reality Might Help Fight Recurring Nightmares

    1. Thanks for your question, Susan. The following response is from Patrick McNamara, one of the researchers:

      “We believe VR-ReScript will work for people with idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (iRBD). We have a proposal now before National Institute of Health to fund a trial of the therapy for iRBD. If the patient with iRBD however has violent dream enactment behaviors he or she should consider medication recommended by American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Clonazepam).”

  1. What is the definition of a nightmare in this study? The article mentioned the presence of “supernatural or demonic beings” or physically frightening beings (like sharks) in dreams. What about a nightmare of real-life people in distress but realistic situation? E.g. dreaming of the death of loved ones, break-ups, fights, and rejections.

    1. Thanks for your question, Kate. Here’s a response from Patrick McNamara:

      We used standard DSM definition of nightmare as a distressing dream that lead to an awakening and a feeling of anxiety, fear or dread associated with the dream. Nightmares in our participants included all kinds of scenarios with all kinds of people and characters. The ones with supernatural beings seemed to be particularly frightening.

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