When I came off sertraline I had bad dreams as a withdrawal side-effect too, so you're definitely not alone. I think it's quite a common one with lots of medicines, so it's likely that it could be that and not somebody from the past. <3
It is very dangerous to come off meds by yourself though, and especially if you've gone cold-turkey it can make withdrawal a lot worse. Do you think you could tell your doctor or perscriber what happened? I'm sure if you explained to them your reasons for wanting to come off they could help you do it safely and talk with you about how your treatment should progress.
From being a child I always had frequent nightmares, so I too looked for ways that I could prevent bad dreams from happening again. I personally found making up my own little before-bed rituals helped with that, and although it's obviously not proven to work or anything it made me feel safer and that probably encouraged nice dreams. In my case, I would think back at bad dreams I'd had, and by 'noticing them' I believed I would not have it. A bedtime ritual could be anything though as long as helps you wind down and is not something you'd have to go too much out of your way to do. (A cup of tea before bed, a bath, some yoga stretches, writing down what you did that day...)
Some methods that have been proven to work with nightmares include keeping a 'dream dairy' to write down your dreams once youv'e had them, and learning to 'lucid dream', which is where you become aware that you are dreaming and can take control of the situation. Googling it should give you many good responses.
Good luck and take care <3
Last edited by Eccentrics : 21-07-2013 at 02:42 AM.