Dreaming and Psychiatric Disorders

D. Stamm, K. A. Hardin

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The role of dreaming has a long history of varying interpretations. Dreaming is part of the normal experience of sleep; however, psychiatric disorders are associated with disrupted sleep architecture and vivid dream experiences that may reflect neurobiological and psychological effects. Dreaming and psychosis have been proposed to have similar features, and this chapter explores whether the two have related neurocognitive processes. We examine how personality traits, psychiatric disorders, and psychotropic medications affect dream experiences and how these effects may reflect neurobiological processes involved in psychopathology. Overall, despite numerous studies examining psychological and neurobiologic properties of dreaming, the function of dreaming in mental health remains a mystery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786111
ISBN (Print)9780123786104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Dreaming
  • Mood disorder
  • Nightmares
  • Nonrapid eye movement (NREM)
  • Parasomnias
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychosis
  • Rapid eye movement (REM)
  • REM rebound
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep-related violence
  • Sleepwalking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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