Anxiety is a malaise that can be caused by different reasons and manifest itself in different ways for those who suffer from the condition. In a crisis, for example, people may experience chest pain, body tingling, distress, tremors, and even nausea. However, a study revealed that anxiety can also manifest itself through dreams.
According to research carried out by the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, and published in the journal Dreaming, at least three themes are most common in the dreams of people who suffer from anxiety. After analyzing a group of 76 people, half of whom suffered from the problem, the researchers identified that there was a kind of pattern in the dream themes of anxious patients.
Being persecuted, physically attacked, being paralyzed by fear, catastrophic accidents and witnessing the death of loved ones were topics that came up for those suffering from the condition. The variety of settings and characters in these dreams was much greater among the anxious than among those without the disorder.
In addition to recurring themes, some characteristics prevailed in dreams among people with anxiety, including the presence of old relationships and high power and speed.
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Mentally healthy people are able to deal in a balanced way with conflicts, disturbances, traumas or important transitions in different life cycles. However, some signs can indicate when mental health is not good.Getty Images
Insomnia: if there is no quality sleep, it is impossible to recover the energy needed to move on to a new day. Sleep disorders are one of the main factors that affect people’s mental health.Getty Images
Stress: if irritation is recurrent and leads us to have increased reactions to small events, the red light should be triggered. If stress is accompanied by trouble sleeping, it’s time to seek help.Getty Images
Sudden changes in mood: mood depends on different situations, however, if the inconstancy is persistent it can be a signal from the body that something is not right and a change in habits may be necessary.Getty Images
Memory lapses: if the person begins to notice that their memory is failing in everyday life with very simple things, it is likely that they are experiencing an episode of mental exhaustion.Getty Images
Change in appetite: in food, the person who eats much more than he should use food as an outlet to relieve anxiety. Others completely lose their appetite.Getty Images
Low self-esteem: another warning sign is the feeling of incapacity, powerlessness and fragility. In this case, it is common for the person to feel less important and think that no one cares about them.Getty Images
Neglect with hygiene: one of the characteristics of depression is the loss of the will to take care of oneself. The person usually has compromised body hygiene and loses vanityGetty Images
Continuous feeling of sadness: unlike sadness, depression is an internal phenomenon, which does not need an event. The person becomes apathetic and does not feel like doing anythingGetty Images
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Research author Anton Ramish explained that anxious people tend to have more nightmares about scary and hostile environments.
“According to this notion, we conclude that dream contents in anxious patients not only exist in large numbers, but are also experienced by them with a particularly high subjective intensity and emphasis,” he said.
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