Hi Olive Oil,
From everything I know about PTSD recurring nightmares are usually part of the picture. However, my understanding is that PTSD dreams normally involve the particulars of an event that led to the development of PTSD. For instance, sometimes I have sexual nightmares that I know are linked to my SA. At the same time I have had recurring dreams involving natural disasters or nuclear war, niether of which I have never actually experienced. That said, I've been witness to alot of violence and death in my adult life so perhaps its getting all mixed up. In any case, the point I want to make is that stress is stress, and that sexual abuse of any sort can automatically lead to the kind of shock and disbelief associated with someone who has PTSD. I hope your partner gets help for his nightmares. From experience I can say that too many bad night's sleep builds up to quite a deficit. Take care. JS
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