Why do I have terrifying dreams?

I have dreams where I’m getting shot at or shot in the back, where I’m getting chased, or dreams about falling. I’ve had people who have slept with me tell me I talk in my sleep, and I’ve even hit people and woken up (apparently frightened and crying) and not remembered. I’ve never experienced violence or anything... show more I have dreams where I’m getting shot at or shot in the back, where I’m getting chased, or dreams about falling. I’ve had people who have slept with me tell me I talk in my sleep, and I’ve even hit people and woken up (apparently frightened and crying) and not remembered. I’ve never experienced violence or anything so I don’t know why my dreams are usually so violent and vivid? Or why I have some that I don’t even remember?

They don’t happen a lot, just usually when I’m stressed or when I don’t get good sleep. I’ll either go months without them or I’ll have them for weeks at a time. Like do I need counseling?
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