October 9, 2001    





Do you ever have nightmares about the terrorist attacks on September 11?

We live on the 21st floor of a high-rise that is next to a busy highway. When I go to bed at night I lie listening to all the traffic, which I find somewhat soothing. But for a few nights right after the attacks, whenever a semi roared by I was POSITIVE it was a plane and then it was going to crash into the side of my building and I would be killed. I was so frightened I woke my husband up and asked him to hold me until I stopped trembling. Thank goodness, that feeling has passed and hasn't happened lately.

Reba, 51+
Silver Spring

No, in fact I rarely remember dreams at all. And can we please stop having questions about this now? From what I understand, the project is about exploring who we are, not taking a poll on current events.  I'm tired of defending myself, but I'll say it again: it's not that I'm not sympathetic, I just want to move on already. Please, let's ask some other questions. How about "what's your favorite comfort food?" Something like that.

etoile, 20

No and I hope I don't. They haunt me enough during the day as it is.  As a matter of fact, I was driving down a dark road last night and the most beautiful shooting star blazed in the night sky right in front of me. It was so awesome, but I was hardly able to appreciate it because I was so afraid that it was a missile piercing the night sky (my heart was beating a mile a minute). The thought probably would never have crossed my mind, but having just watched the fighting/bombing at night on the TV, it was fresh on my mind. I'm glad I don't dream about it, reality is scary enough!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Almost every night. Last night was a doozie. I guess I had been half listening to the news before bed, about this anthrax thing now in Florida. I dreamed that my fiance and I were at some meeting in a park near the submarine base in Groton - they were lecturing on what to look out for in a biological attack. Suddenly sirens went off all around us - like the old air-raid drills we had back in elementary school. Everyone started running for a shelter. My daughter was in the car and I had to run uphill to get her .. all I kept thinking while running is that she's only 15 and has to go through this. Black clouds became visible and we all knew it wasn't a drill.   The whole concept is silly because that sort of attack isn't likely and it would be much more a silent killer than some big black bacteria ridden cloud overhead .... but still ... it was a horrible nightmare. I woke up in a cold

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

No, thankfully.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

No, I never have nightmares about the Sept 11th attack.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Not nightmares. But a long dead friend keeps appearing in my dreams and a long gone boyfriend as well. I'm sure these are WTC residual effects.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Not that I am aware of.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA


Jane, 62
West Linn
, OR    USA

No, I have not had any nightmares about the terrorist attacks. My dreams rarely have any connection to current events. Though, I must confess to having a number of nights spent tossing and turning since 9/11/01, especially the week or so immediately following that day.


no, thankfully.


I had a bizarre nightmare the nite of the 11th. I dont see why I wouldnt, being surrounded by it and all. That day there were so many scares, one of them was right down the street from where I live. It's weird, it's like you just kind of live a nightmare every day. Every time a plane flies over head, you can see everyone look up with a little bit of fear.

Ry, 23

Well, it has caused me a few sleepless nights. Uh, I have actually dreamt about the carnage one night...and, at the very least, it makes my normal paranoia come up with all kinds of doomsday scenarios...Ask Reba, she will tell you I am already paranoid.

age unknown, parts unknown

No. Maybe I should. But I generally don't have nightmares or dreams about things that trouble me in every day life.

Johanna, 18

No. My dreams aren't that literal.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA


Jennifer, 19

That's not something I want to talk about.

Karen, 22

Sort of. I had a dream that i was in a car being driven down the highway when a nuclear missile fell out of the sky and we were driving trying to outrace the flames but knew we were going to die. This definately was a dream caused by what happened.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

I haven't yet and I doubt I ever will.

Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

I'm sure it's factored into a few dreams but I've never really kept a notebook next to the bed to record them.

Alias Irrelevante

I have had nightmares since the attack not necessarily about the terrorist attacks. I am actually more prone to daymares about the terrorist attacks.When I am awake and thinking about nothing in particular my mind always wanders to the terrorist attacks, the war with Afghanistan and then the what ifs starting playing in my head. It is hard to turn off. And the what ifs tend to be pretty negative. What if we lose? What if we get attacked again?....

Celeste, 30
Colorado Springs

The terrorist attacks form an uncomfortable background for much of my daytime activity, but I don't have nightmares about them.

Jill, 60

I show up on time and in my uniform, which is more than I can say for many of the idiots I work with.

Kristin, 20

In the first week, I'd have disturbing dreams, but not now. But people I have talked to who escaped from the financial district in New York when the towers collapsed, are have flash backs and relive seeing the buildings fall and people jumping.

Janet, 44
E. Brunswick

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