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What It's Like to Still Get Nightmares After Trauma

Today, April 16, is National Stress Awareness Day and I woke up needing to write. I was woken up by a nightmare about my stepdad around 4 a.m.

In the dream, I walked back to my car from the store and sort of felt uneasy, but didn’t know why. When I tried to start my car, it wouldn’t even turn over, and my hands started to shake.

I looked around outside and noticed a pile of fluid growing beneath my car, and some broken wires scattered about. Getting back in the car and locking the doors, I looked up to see my stepdad standing a few rows away, staring at me with the odd smile he often got when drunk.

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