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Dr. Glucksman's Practice – Psychiatry | Psychoanalysis
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 […]