As surreal as they can be, dreams tend to be rooted in reality. They draw from our memories and present us with a distorted, wacky mirror of real life. And, for people with high-functioning anxiety, there are certain types of stress dreams that pop up again and again.
Anxiety dreams can be unpleasant, often trapping you in situations where you have no control, but they can actually be useful.
“The dream will show you in a brutally honest form what's going on inside of you,” professional dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg, tells Bustle. “They speak to us in metaphors, and the benefit of that is it allows us to see our situation, our mindset, our issues in a different light.”
“Talking with a therapist can really be a way to [...] decrease the anxiety that we're feeling during the day so that our brain has other things to work through,” Dr. Jennifer MacLeamy, PsyD, an executive director at the teen treatment center Newport Academy, tells Bustle.
These are some of the most common dreams linked to high-functioning anxiety, according to experts.