Any advice appreciated.... I'm desperate.
I am not sure if I can help from the view of someone with depression. You say you have not been diagnosed with depression, but as you are posting on this site does that mean you are worrying that you may have it.
Yes insomnia and nightmares can affect people with depression. If you feel this is your problem, then I suggest you see a doctor, as it is worrying a great deal. Please don't be embarrassed to see a doctor. I am not sure how you can help yourself not have nightmares.
I have insomnia because I have depression, but I don't have nightmares. Other people may be able to help you more than me.
Did this start soon after birth? You could be suffering hormonal imbalances post-partum, very common. I'd have a talk with your gynecologist or obstetrition, but that's what it sounds like if you never had depression before.
I experienced the same thing as you, I am diagnosed with the doctor having an anxiety disorder or panic attacks. Do you feel having a pounding heartbeat and a racing heart? Breathlessness? Light headedness? Shaking? sweating of palm?
I took an ECG test and i found myself NORMAL. There is a reason behind your depression or anxiety attack.. maybe there is something you are thinking about death.. about losing hope.. about this things, B-complex can help and Vitamin C. Exercise can help. But the best thing is to meditate and focus. PRAY daily. Trust in the Lord Jesus. Sounds weird?
If you take meds and vitamins ( Klonopin, B-complex, Vitamin C) it would take long, months for you to recover. I am taking Clonezepam issued by a doctor, B-complex (b1,b6,b12) which is good to cure anxiety naturally, and vitamin C. I am taking also atenolol for my Highblood pressure and to control my pounding heart beat. Beta blockers like atenolol block the adrenaline release by the brain to the heart. Eating a healthy diet can help.
But still, pray. Trust in the Lord. all of this things are temporary..
I have severe depression, social anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD and idiopathic hypersomnia. I had nightmares for months then my doctor gave me prazosin and it helped with the nightmares, I think it just made me too tired to have or remember them. My sleep disorder is an a-typical narcolepsy and I will never feel normal, I will be tired all the time, I get a couple hours a day maybe to do things. I am not a doctor but I have always heard we work through our inner issues and fears when we sleep. Maybe you should see a dream analyst or a therapist just to talk about your nightmares. Maybe you have a deeper issue you can work through and finally sleep like your beautiful babies do.