Steps to Turn Around Nightmares or Bad Dreams: People are having nightmares all the time and often they are recurring. I had a recurring nightmare from age twelve to nineteen where I would be dreaming and suddenly there would be a strong evil presence. Gripped with fear, I tried to run but would be stuck or only able to move in slow motion. I would find myself running through my house screaming at the top of my lungs. Living with me was interesting!