Researchers are finding more links between lucid dreaming and psychosis, lending hope to the idea that dreams may be able to help cure a sick mind. According to ScienceDaily, citing data from the European Science Foundation (ESF):
Lucid dreaming ~ when you are aware you are dreaming ~ is a hybrid state between sleeping and being awake. It creates distinct patterns of electrical activity in the brain that have similarities to the patterns made by psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia. Confirming links between lucid dreaming and psychotic conditions offers potential for new therapeutic routes based on how healthy dreaming differs from the unstable states associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders.Meanwhile, the previously discredited idea of treating some conditions with dream therapy has attracted interest from clinicians. An example is people suffering from nightmares can sometimes be treated by training them to dream lucidly so they can consciously wake up.
New data affirms the connection by showing that while dreaming lucidly the brain is in a dissociated state … Dissociation involves losing conscious control over mental processes, such as logical thinking or emotional reaction. In some psychiatric conditions this state is also known to occur while people are awake.
"In the field of psychiatry, the interest in patients' dreams has progressively fallen out of both clinical practice and research. But this new work seems to show that we may be able to make comparisons between lucid dreaming and some psychiatric conditions that involve an abnormal dissociation of consciousness while awake, such as psychosis, depersonalization and pseudoseizures." said Silvio Scarone, from the Università degli Studi di Milano in Milan, Italy.
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