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Nightmares without fail if I don't hug a teddy

Postby Elochai » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:08 am

So i'm a male 21 BPD & mixed depressive and anxiety disorder.

Every night as I go to sleep I have to remember to cuddle a teddy, or I'm guaranteed to have a horrendous nightmare without fail. I've had this since around age 11. I thought it was something that would pass in time, but I still haven't grown out of it. My psychoanalyst says it's to do with my fear of growing up and becoming an adult. Which it probably is.. But, I would still like to sleep without a teddy, I'm 21 for christ's sake

Anywho, I just wanted to know if any others have a similar issue? or something they need to do before sleep in order to have a good nights sleep.
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Re: Nightmares without fail if I don't hug a teddy

Postby Oliveira » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:52 pm

:)

I am 39, had the same teddy for over 20 years (I actually can't remember how long) and can't sleep without him. He travels the world with me.

I read an article about 50-60+ years old businessmen who have their teddies on business travels, then call the hotel and say "uh have you found an old teddy bear... it was... a present for my daughter, yeah that's what it was... it probably accidentally fell in bed..." :) Seriously, this is neither a disorder nor rare.
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Re: Nightmares without fail if I don't hug a teddy

Postby Elochai » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:57 pm

Oliveira wrote::)

I am 39, had the same teddy for over 20 years (I actually can't remember how long) and can't sleep without him. He travels the world with me.

I read an article about 50-60+ years old businessmen who have their teddies on business travels, then call the hotel and say "uh have you found an old teddy bear... it was... a present for my daughter, yeah that's what it was... it probably accidentally fell in bed..." :) Seriously, this is neither a disorder nor rare.


Awww. Well, that's made me more happy and less embarrassed! Oh The power of teddies.

Thanks!
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Re: Nightmares without fail if I don't hug a teddy

Postby Oliveira » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:57 am

Since this is hardly identifying information (unless you are my husband or mom) I might post a pic of my little bear, he has jeans overalls my best friend made for him 10+ years ago. He will fall apart at some point, but for now he's still loveable.

I think there are some psychological theories about it but tbh I don't care. I love my teddy bear and he makes me happy. There aren't so many such simple things in my life. He's staying. And my husband thinks he's delightful too.
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Re: Nightmares without fail if I don't hug a teddy

Postby Tyler » Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:05 pm

I have something similar with one of my stuffed animals, he's also a teddy bear. His name is Rutherford. I kiss him on the forehead and tell him to stay strong. He protects me, and I protect him. If I don't kiss him and tell him to stay strong, I have horrible nightmares.
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