Dreams and Depression

Dreams and Depression

There is ample evidence that the dream imagery of individuals suffering from Major Depressive Disorder contains themes of hopelessness, helplessness and despondency. Themes of illness, death and dying are also prevalent.  Also, there may be themes of loss, failure, disappointment and rejection.  In effect, these feelings and dynamics are characteristic of Major Depressive Disorder.  Of […]

Dreams and Psychiatric Disorders

Dreams and Psychiatric Disorders

Dream imagery often reflects the psychiatric disorder of the dreamer. For example, the manifest content in the dreams of those suffering from an anxiety disorder often contain themes of not being prepared, missing classes, being late for an appointment, etc. They frequently contain feelings of apprehension, fear, and being overwhelmed. Individuals suffering from Major Depression […]

Feelings in Dreams

Feelings in Dreams

A major element of dream imagery is its emotional tone. Feelings can be experienced directly in dreams, including fear, anger, guilt, sadness, shame, joy, pleasure, elation and happiness. Sometimes, feelings are symbolized by objects or colors; for example, red may symbolize rage or black may mean depression. A particular place or scene may evoke memories […]

Holiday Dreams

Holiday Dreams

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are significant holidays for many reasons. They not only have religious and cultural connotations, but also signify family connections, past and current relationships, as well as personal memories.  Dreams may incorporate any or all of these elements.  An important category of dreaming around holiday time is the “anniversary dream”.  The latter […]

Anniversary Dreams

Anniversary Dreams

Anniversary dreams occur around the date or time of a significant event; e.g. birthday, death, divorce. The event may have occurred in the recent or distant past. Holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving can evoke a dream that involves family members or friends that are connected to a particular holiday. Anniversary dreams may also be connected […]

About this blog

About this blog

I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who explores and attempts to understand  dreams  in the therapeutic setting. In this blog, I hope to stimulate the interest of readers in their dreams and the ways they can be useful. I intend to write about various types of dreams and how they may provide the dreamer with information […]

Dreams: A Commentary on the Self

Dreams: A Commentary on the Self

Dreams are basically a running commentary on the self. Each night we process the previous day’s events in terms of what is meaningful emotionally and intellectually. This material is used for problem-solving, decision-making, emotional regulation, and conflict resolution. The dream imagery reflects the brain’s idiosyncratic programming language known as primary processing. It can be understood […]

Remembering your dreams

Remembering your dreams

Most dreams are forgotten when we awaken. The best way to remember dreams is to keep a notepad on your bedside table and if you awaken after a dream, jot down what you can recall. Even an image or fragment of the dream is valuable. You can also keep a tape recorder handy and record […]