Nervous Breakdown Dream Symbol


Nervous Breakdown – Having a nervous breakdown is different from simply being nervous in a dream. Nervous breakdowns include not only a complete inability to speak or move or make a decision, but also a very strong emotional reaction to the very thought of doing one of those things. Having a nervous breakdown or a panic attack in a dream is usually a symbol of an insecurity that we not only feel incapable of changing, but also something that is heavily discriminated against by those around us to the point that we feel guilty about it.

If you feel that one of your attributes is causing discrimination and guilt to be foisted upon you, then dreaming about having a nervous breakdown is you body’s way of releasing some of the emotional pressure that you are under.

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  1. Vidushi sharma on

    I had a really bad mental breakdown in my dream, none of my friends were understanding my situation I was begging in front of them. I was really scared after I woke up then I searched about it and to be honest it actually makes sense because I had some insecurities about which I was really worried and also I was overthinking about it before I had that dream

  2. Had a long dream but i can only manage to remember the last part where i was such an emotional mess. I was looking through my fridge looking for something to shatter so i could relieve some of my emotional distress. I’ve never tried to do any of this in real life so i find it strange why i would do it in a dream. I came upon an empty pickle jar. Started eating a sandwich as i was literally crying. My mom and brother then came downstairs. I tried to stop the tears because my family doesn’t like to see the reality of things. I couldn’t stop the tears. They started laughing at me. I was mortified. my dream ended and i woke up in tears.

  3. I had a dream I was in my home state and my family was on another state vacationing and I thought it was real because I’m with them in real life vacationing but when I was in my home state I was freaking out because I somehow landed here and I was trying to go back over there and I was freaking out because I didn’t know how I got here and I was on the phone with them freaking out

  4. So i dreamt that i couldnt move, speak , and was shaking really bad. And the overwhelming fear of “them”. (Now i know this fear due to me being schizo. I have it under control) but it was like i was sent back to my early teens when i didnt have it under control. I couldnt scream for some reason. I remember trying to scream put couldnt. As for my surroundings it was just blinding white nothing . Then suddenly another me is holding me saying its going to be ok. Then it gets worse all emotions im having just amplified. Then im alone in a room with an observation window. A few recognizable people are standing on the other side. I’m still shaking can’t really speak but looking around. There was a bed like machine that looks similar to a CAT scan. This is where i wake but im still in the same panic attack that i was in at the start of the dream.

  5. I had a dream where I went to my school (which was somehow a mishmash of all the schools I’ve ever been to) and had an panic attack in front of my mom, my old after care teacher, and a bunch of people I could only recognize by their faces. My vision was blurry, I couldn’t stand, I was having a hard time breathing, and my heart was beating wildly. I was sent to class no more than a minute after the attack where I told my friends what had happened. A few stares and some awful whispers from my classmates made me realize all of my friends were actually imaginary, and I was actually going crazy. I woke up (still inside the dream somehow), and when I went to school this time, my friends were real. But I couldn’t believe that they weren’t invisible again and left them to look for tangible people – almost all of which ignored me.
    I don’t know what it means, but I’m kind of worried. I have a bunch of attributes I don’t feel all that great about– my being socially awkward to the point where some think I’ve Asperger’s being one of them. My being homosexual is one of them too, even though I know it shouldn’t be. (One of the many people who ignored me was my ex-boyfriend who I broke up with after realizing I didn’t like him the same way he did me.) I suppose I’ll figure it out later. I should be getting to school soon. Hopefully, there won’t be any panic attacks today.

  6. i literally just woke up from a panic attack dream. it was actually like 3 dreams and one.

    the first one i was holding someone im still emotionally attached too. like i went back in time to the last time i held them and i relived that moment. like everything was calm..

    the 2nd one i was back a college at this que party (which i dont go to) and things got weird when it was time to leave. i asked them a a bottle/canned drink but the drinks in the fridge all look as if they were already opened, manipulated, and sealed as if no one touched it but you could still tell someone did. obviously someone spiked it but my dumb self drunk one anyway. then the cops showed up and we left.

    the 3rd one fades in from the 2nd dream. i was in my room and a friend spent the night in my room. the twist was that i was home, not my dorm room. so im asleep (in my dream) and paralyzed a little but i can still hear things. there was alot of noise and my lamp was on. then all of a sudden my mini fridge and lamp unplugs and there’s no noise or light and then i go into a panic attack. i cant breath. im nauseous, heart pounding, im crying, screaming and knocking down everything in sight trying to find a light switch. finally after destroying everything i manage to get my lamp back on and its as if i never left my bed then i wake up( in my dream) and im having another panic attack, this time i was really paralyzed. and when i managed to calm down, with the help of my friend, at least i thought it was. turned out to be some female i never met before, but for some reason im comfortable with telling her what happened. then i wake up for real and im really hot and im sweating alot and i have tears in my eyes and im shooken up. im still a little shaken right now tbh.

  7. I have a recurring dream that my best friend keeps going to school and keeps having panic attacks and nervous breakdowns and in the dream I can’t reach her parents. It keeps freaking me out and I’m waking up in the middle of the night. What does it mean?

  8. arthur schneider on

    My panic attack dream seems to have arisen from a conflict between my sub conscious and conscious reality. I interpreted it as event that will or has occurred whose effects will alter my well being. Once realizing that instead of creating panic, such an event can be “overridden/replaced” by accepting that my current beliefs and actions are underpinned by of hope and faith I can move forward in a calm manner by accepting that I’m am and going to be okay. Thus a panic attack dream for me is a realization that I have crossed some invisible barrier that has allowed me to let go of one reality (sub conscious) like water under a bridge and accept my conscious reality without fear.

  9. had a dream where upset me to point htey couldnt see the pain there causing imside and they went on rampage destroying my things like tv so.knowone could wacth it.and rampageto.destroy.myself with.emotion.i was feeling deep pain inside that.know.could.see.or.took.any notice.or.cared

  10. I actually had 3 panic attacks in the dream I just woke myself up from. This interpretation is DEAD ON. I am dealing with the sort of problem (incapable of changing an insecurity and am discriminated severely because of it) described almost to a T at work.
    Now if only I can find out what the other major themes in the dream meant…watching my reflection in the silver part of helium balloons do different actions than I was doing in the dream, some reflections made me feel I was staring at an inner demon. Seeing the reflections caused the first couple panic attacks. Then as I would tell my husband about how I was feeling during the panic attack, it was as if he would trivialize what I was saying and try to pretend to care to move on to whatever seemed more important to him at the time. I then tried to speak to an unknown neighbor in the dream about what was going on about me being scared about the panic attacks and how no one could empathize with me — frustration to the max. Dream then switches to me looking for a teddy bear in my basement laundry room to cuddle with for comfort to avoid the panic attacks, the basement turns into a haunted house scene where all the cupboard doors are open and an eerie feeling overwhelms you. THEN as I am trying to holler to my husband from the basement that he needs to come see the open cupboard doors, he seems to holler something back that lets me know whatever he is hearing me say is not what I am saying (as if someone or something is transferring my words that he hears into something completely different), as I am terrified in the dream, and still screaming for my husband (while he hears some mundane phrase, not a cry for help) HERE’S WHERE IT GETS FREAKY: It’s as if I have become part of my basement staircase and walls and plumbing (I remember seeing plumbing right in front of my face), the house seems to be swallowing me and the last place to be “swallowed” into the house is my mouth, all the while I am screaming for my husband until I PHYSICALLY and CONSCIOUSLY hear myself finally able to say aloud “Pete, Pete! Make it stop!” And I was awake and trembling.
    This was one of those rare dreams that seemed to go on for hours. Is there a significance in how long a dream feels?

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