Home » Disorders » Sleep » Disturbing Dreams

Disturbing Dreams

Asked by on with 1 answer:

Let me start by saying I would never hurt my son in any way. I have a son who is almost two and I have had a few disturbing dreams about him. In these dreams I’m beginning to perform sex acts on complete strangers then when I look down again the person has turned into my son. In my dream I stop immediately and am very upset. I wake up feeling extremely disturbed and really crazy! I know I would never to anything to hurt him but I desperately want these dreams to stop! Lately in my life I have had a lot of stress and basically no sex drive or desire. I don’t know if this might be contributing to my dreams somehow but I really need help!

Disturbing Dreams

Answered by on -


Disturbing dreams like this can be very unsettling, but the fact that you are concerned about them and are looking for help is the important element.

Upsetting dreams can be caused by a variety of different reasons and your recent stress may indeed be part of it. I would encourage you to make an appointment with a clinical or counseling psychologist, or a psychiatrist who has experience with dreams as well as helping people cope with stress.

The find help tab at the top of this page can help you locate someone in your area.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Disturbing Dreams

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2018). Disturbing Dreams. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 8 May 2018
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 8 May 2018
Published on Psych All rights reserved.