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verona_rupes



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Mental Illness and Lucid Dreaming Reply with quote

I am a natural lucid dreamer and have had experience with sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations, astral projections, night terrors and even insomnia. I've also been diagnosed with a number of mental disorders and I am currently medicated.

I'm wondering if any other lucid dreamers here experience mental illness as well? Do you find your mental illness correlates or affects your sleep paralysis/lucid dreaming? Do you feel it can be detrimental to play with your subconscious when you are mentally ill? Are you prone to night terrors and nightmares?

I played with my natural ability for lucid dreaming for a short time, but eventually stopped. Unfortunately my lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic hallucinations and astral projections are extremely disturbing and horrific; creating anxiety and stress from the intense feelings, imagery and experiences that they bring forth. I still experience them but I don't purposely induce dream play any more because of fear of making existing mental illness worse or triggering a new disorder. Blurring the lines between reality and dream may not be such a great idea for some one with serious mental illness. I'd like to hear from others that induce dream play or are naturals, that also have mental illness. Of course comments and input from others are also welcome!
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ziggy47



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a medical person, but I think if things are disturbing you while you are asleep you should consult your medical provider.
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Dr. Condensate



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, what kinds of mental illness? Acute paranoia? Schizophrenia?
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EmmaRose



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it would be helpful if you could say what is it about.
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46&2



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:51 am    Post subject: Lucid and Mental Reply with quote

I am not a natural lucid dreamer but I have OBEs, sleep paralysis, and very vivid dreams on a frequent basis. I learned about lucid dreaming and figured I would give it a try to see if it was possible, I didn't think it was until I had my first LDs. I can only LD through WILD. When I told my psychologist what I was doing she told me to stop. So I did. But lately I feel that it is a part of me and I have started trying to induce LDs again as of last night. I am worried it might have a negative impact on my illnesses, but at this point I don't care. I am hoping to continue to learn more about myself and existence through LDing. I've learned a lot already and it seems like my life went idle or stalled out once I stopped seeking answers. I forgot what questions you asked... Message me if you would like to talk more!

I don't find dreaming or lucid dreaming horrific at all. I feel more at ease in the dream world. More like I belong there over waking life. I really feel dreaming and the dream world we experience has a greater impact than we think in our lives. I have some pretty profound ideas on the correlations of dream life/waking life.
I've been diagnosed with Psycotic disorder NOS, Schizotypal personality disorder, General Anxiety disorder, and PTSD. My psychologist said I had symptoms very similar to a schizophrenic but that I seem to be aware. Which I think is a direct result of my attention and intrest in dreaming. Good luck, I hope you can feel safer in your dreams.
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George12



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ever been asleep and aware that you were dreaming you were likely experiencing what is referred to as a “lucid dream.” New research from researchers in the UK is showing that the ability to have lucid dreams equates to better mental health and problem solving abilities.
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Markins_56



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad to know about your lucid dreaming. One of my friends was in depression for a long time and after that used to have lucid dreaming too. So came to know about virginia opiate addiction treatment center and took her there. She was given treatment that really helped her to come out of it.
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