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Readers Respond: Bipolar Disorder and Dreams

Responses: 52


Updated August 29, 2010


I wrote in here before however, I forgot about the dream that have had so many times. I would dream that I would begin to have trouble walking and I could feel the pain in my legs. Then were times when the dream was so real that I couldn't distinquish whether was just or it had in some of my life. After many years and a lot dreams later the pains started coming and I had trouble walking. I had to have back surgery to fix it. I was diagnosed with bi-polar when I was 52 but now that I know what it is I have had it all my life. I was just diagnosed wrong and a hospital stay from a suicide attempt finally found me the right doctor. God works in mysterious ways (it was my 4th attempt and 5th nervous break down). I waited a long time. I have been diagnosed with clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, ocd, fuque states, sleep disorder, personality disorder, AND then bi-polar. Anyway I read this newsletter daily and It has helped and is good for my husband also. Thank-you
—Guest Pamela

Symptom of worsening Mania

I found my life like dreams were occurring when I am higher. Simple things like dreaming that I got my hair cut, then being confused when I see myself in the mirror and it isn't cut. Or dreaming that I gave a bunch of bananas to a friend who visited to find them still in the fruit bowl then next day. That stuff is the start of blurring reality with non reality, I wonder if it is a bit of psychosis. I guess I recognise the more vivid dreams as just another symptom of the highs
—Guest Chris

That's Me!

I wake up every night soaking wet from my dreams. I usually only sleep 4-5 hours a night! One that is recurring is that I am in different places and I can't find something or remember things! I can always remeber everything I dreamt in the morning. My favorite is the one where I'm flying through the air and I see all my loved ones in different stages of their lives.(my sons playing on the beach when they were 4 and 5 years old). I take Trazadone to sleep and I can still avidly dream.
—Guest Pamela Jean

Vivid dreams turn into reality

I've had vivid dreams for all my life, including one recurring dream since the age of about 3 that I was moving away from my family by way of a truck delivering bananas in my neighborhood (what the...?). The most disturbing dreams are those that turn from a dream into reality. I dreamt in high school of two girls being murdered by a body of water. A few months later my neighbor and a friend were bludgeoned to death near a pond. They were the same two girls in the dream. I felt sick to my stomach as soon as I heard the news. I've always been one to have elaborate dreams but this one was just too much for me to handle.
—Guest Erin

I should have known it was connected

I was diagnosed as having bipolar about 12 years ago. I have had very vivid extensive and detailed dreams for as long as I can remember. Some of my dreams are very entertaining, some just odd but I rarely have nightmares. Some seem to be epic length and yet I remember the most minute detail, others fade as the morning progresses. I have always wondered why I dream this way, often my family and friends are astounded when I tell them my dreams. My father also has bipolar disorder as well. I didn't grow up with him in my house so I don't know if he dreams like this or not... I shall have to ask. Thanks for the link and some understanding about this disorder, this is a great site for information. I have referred my family, boyfriend and closest friends to it to help them understand things I am going through and so they will know warning signs of the pendulum swinging one way or another, sometimes I have no clue.
—Guest jackson

physical sensation

While on antidepressants my dreams were so vivid I could still feel physical sensations after I would wake up. Plus my dreams just being more vivid and occurring more often. Once I was off antidepressants my dreams mellowed out.

night dreams

I'm diagnosed with bipolar 2 and have been having dreams lately, on and off, about slithering shapes appearing in the dark in my bedroom. They don't do anything; just appear and scare the crap out of me.
—Guest Liza

Vivid dreams

I have have very vivid dreams all my life, and many throughout the night. The scariest part is when it is a surgery and it is TOTAL blackout. I am put to sleep, and the next minute I am wakened without a dream in sometimes an hour long space. My dreams are hardly every scary, but they are an accepted part of my life.
—Guest pjvan23

Vivid dreams

I dont have at least i havnt been diagnosed but my mother does (i'm a teenager) and i know thats a bad start since this page is about adults with bp having vivid dreams. But i have really vivid dreams, when i was little at about 8 i used to have dreams about my father adopting an african child and forgetting me (which is pretty silly) but lately in the past year i have been having really distressing dreams including one where i died in a car crash, was being chased by a strange man and got my leg electrocuted so badly it turned black. in the electrocution dream i felt it in real life, it was horrible and i can recall the pain even now. also, no matter how much sleep i get i wake up extremely tired and emotionally burnt out. and i cant remember a night where i havnt dreamed at least once or twice.
—Guest Sam

Family death

I have a dream sequence from 15 years ago and it is coming true. Every day I live this night terror. It starts out as a simple life and sights of a my town. As these deja vu moments unfold in my life it terrifies me more and more. For about a year now I have relived these dreams in my waking life. It was kind of annoying at first but now they are connected to my families death. I broke up with a woman and her family is very angry with me. The dreams I had end up with torture and violence. The most horrible things I've ever imagined or heard about. I am convinced they will happen unless I do something about them. But I'm trapped in the dream and it is also the same in the real world. I'm terrified. How do I make this different? What is happening? Does anyone else have these kinds of dreams? Spun
—Guest Family death

monster house-pool included

diagnosed since 2 1/2 and again at 38 as BI-Polar I. I been told I have always had nightmares and talked in my sleep.OK, NO Problem.If I get to loud while sleeping I wake up and apologise to those around me then go back to sleep and if the dreams is interesting enough I continue where I left off,no big deal.Then one night a few weeks ago-bear in mind I hadn't seen any scary movies,see or been a party to any violence any time recenty or used any mind altering chemicals. anything that would have directly been the parent to this hellish progeny.It was set in my childhood home only with a pool.I could not leave and therein lurked every terror ever imagined or real.large hideous demons,ghosts trying to enter my body,possessed dolls,monster under the bed,in the closet,mary in the mirror,hanging corpses,water demons trying to lure me to my death,if it was evil it was there, witches,demonic faces outside my window!I woke up and remembered it all. I tenacious to the bone went back to finish it!


I used to have a recurring dream when I was younger that I was being chased around my Primary school by Velociraptors. When I moved to my Secondary school the dreams took place there, and soon enough the Raptors turned into my parents who were serial killers and were trying to murder me. Now I just seem to have incredibly vivid and strange dreams, involving places and people I know usually. I wake up at least 10 times a night, that I remember, and eventually fall out of bed exhausted. Or I don't sleep at all. I haven't been diagnosed with Bipolar, yet. Not officially anyway. I'd rather have it that it's something I think I have, rather than it being real.
—Guest Lizzie-Emily

I never knew this was a symptom

I was diagnosed as a teen with bipolar and while extremely vivid dreams have always been present in my life, I never knew or learned from professionals that this was common. Last night I dreamt I was at a family friend's house and when unwanted guests came I ruined the relationship permanently. I could literally paint a picture and blueprint the house, neighborhood, cars, everything. This beyond the fact that while I knew the persons in the story, I had never been to the place before. When I awoke, I felt incredible guilt and didn't want to get out of bed becuase of my shame. It wasn't for several minutes (or less as my perception felt off) that I realized I was neither in that house, nor the same side of the country. Some nights this is wonderful when I can experience vivid dreamworlds, vistas, and even long wanted trysts with lovers long gone. But other nights (mornings, more specifically), I feel like I'm losing my mind. I can't decide if the gift of the dream is worth the nightmare
—Guest BipolarCollegeMale

bipolar disorder and dreams

Had many nightmare dreams since childhood and into adulthood. As a kid, would wake up because I thought there were hundreds of snakes or spiders on me, in my bed. A lot of dreams of people trying to harm me and I would try to yell or scream but no noise would come out. I tried to run but it was like running in deep snow. I would try to hit back but couldn't make contact of my fist to their face. Scary vivid dreams of loved ones being harmed. Have recurring dreams of not being able to find my classroom in high school. Also can't get to work on time or at all because stuff keeps happening to prevent it. Doing laundry in the basement of my childhood home because it was a huge pile of clothes that never seemed to get done. It was such a scary, dark basement. Then I can't remember my checkstand sign on code to be able to ring up customers who are waiting impatiently. Since taking antidepressants, the dreams occur less often. It used to be constant nightmares.
—Guest tiggerandroo

Horribly Scary Dreams

When I was a child I would dream a lot about my family dying, especially my mom and dad. I would also have dreams of flying which really made me feel weird. As I got older I started to have nightmares about being physically attacked. The scenerios would change from being in a western to being in the modern era. Whatever the case the outcome is always the same--I'm attacked and am horribly injured and end up in the hospital. It's always the same premise and it is scary as all get out. I still have the nightmares. I also get ones where I feel trapped and I cannot escape. Wow. I've never told anyone about those dreams except my therapist. It's liberating.
—Guest C

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