Can someone help me interpret this dream?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think that dreams can be interpreted in many ways, so this is just my two cents.  The dream is essentially about witnessing something horrifying and being unable to help or to be understood by others witnessing the event.  Do you feel powerless about something going on in your own life that is causing you stress or anxiety?  Do you feel as though no one can help you or relate to you or unburden you?

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m not always sure that a dream means anything, other than maybe that certain details of it (however small) have been on your mind and/or are related to things you have actually experienced.

I saw a theory about how dreams work.  Sleep consolidation happens at night, where even as we are unconscious our brains are organizing things that we’ve experienced, strengthening our memory for things that we should keep.  Supposedly, if you look at the brain waves of someone who is sleeping, you’ll see patterns much like they experienced at some point when they were awake.  The thing is that the conscious part of our brain somehow gets this information as well, but with a whole bunch of other stuff that is unrelated.  So, when we dream, that is essentialy us trying to make sense of the nonsense signals that are replaying in our minds.

Check out this video about it.  I’m a big fan of this guy’s channel.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GGzc3x9WJU

If this is true (I don’t think anyone can say for sure) it probably is just a jumble of things, and doesn’t have to mean something necessarily.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I struggle with depression and anxiety and have nightmares most nights.  I’m not sure if the two are connected (or maybe I just have a really twisted brain!)  Do you think that this may be about your inability to control the depression/anxiety?  Perhaps the dream is about seeing things that no one else seems to understand… in the dream, you try to talk to your husband about what’s going on, and he doesn’t get it and he’s the only one you interact with, just as in life he’s the only one who knows what’s going on with your depression/anxiety.  Do you think that’s a coincidence?  

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  I want to preface this response by letting you know that i used to have an anxiety disorder.  I don’t want this to sound harsh by any means, but I want to tell you want I think.  Please read this as being supportive.

I think if you have so much anxiety, you should stop trying to interpret these dreams.  I really think it’s just going to fuel your anxiety.  What can you get from trying to interpret a dream like this?  How can this even benefit you?  I almost think it is possible that lingering on this dream and trying to dissect its meaning–especially since many of the details you’re searching have negative connotations–is just going to give you anxiety-inducing results and indulge your anxiety.

ETA: Plus, from what I’ve experienced, treatment for anxiety is often about learning how to move on from the things that bother us.  Obviously, this is easier said than done, but I think it can’t hurt to make an effort.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@stefanielovesjamie:  Okay, well as long as it is just a matter of curiosity, I just would hate to see a fellow bee worrying themselves over a dream. Smile  I do agree, though, it is a strange dream.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@stefanielovesjamie:  Do you think the intensity of the dream and the severity (homicidal maniac with a family held hostage) could indicate that your depression/anxiety is becoming out of control and that you need to find a way to get a handle on it?  Just throwing this out there, I would never assume how anyone feels.

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