My conclusion – dreams can help people overcome problems.
- The frequency and intensity of disturbing dreams may show a progression and resolution over time – Zadra AL, Donderi D. Nightmares and bad dreams: their prevalence and relationship to well-being. J. Abnorm. Psychol. 2000;109:273-81
- Dreams of death could indicate potential suicidal thoughts, allowing the psychiatrist to give the correct treatment to the patient – Simor P, Horváth K. Altered sleep in Borderline Personality Disorder in relation to the core dimensions of psychopathology. Scandinavian journal of psychology 2013;54:300-12
- Dreams with positive themes could indicate successful treatment for a patient previously confirmed depressed.
- Conclusion from article – dreams can help identify mental illness, and thus gain knowledge of correct treatment to provide.
- “It’s almost like having an internal therapist, because you associate [through dreams] to previous similar feelings, and you work through the emotion related to it so that it is reduced by morning.” – researcher Rosalind Cartwright, PhD
Dreaming is a coping mechanism
- “The overall pattern seen in the analyses reflect the significant relationship between nightmares and stress, while the finding that nightmares were positively associated with coping”
Psychiatry professor Ernest Hartmann, M.D. suggests that dreams are directed by particular emotions, like stress and worry. Varying emotions cause new material to be constantly “weaved” into the memory of the dreamer in ways that help him or her cope with stress, trauma and other types of psychological anxiety.