Vivid/crazy/weird dreams can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose vivid/crazy/weird dreams, we could:
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Roughly how often do you experience very strange dreams? Do not include scary dreams (nightmares).
Possible responses:→ Don't know / I (usually) don't remember my dreams
→ Never / rarely / less than once a year
→ Occasionally, less than once a month
→ Regularly, more than once a month
→ Frequently, more than once a week
Certain medications can increase vivid dreaming, for example depression medication, sleep medication, and some over-the-counter drugs.
Those who suffer from anxiety will often have prolonged, vivid, detailed dreams rather than the usual short bursts of dream activity. There is increased activity in the brain of an anxious person.
Those with bipolar disorder can experience very vivid dreams.
Studies have shown that people with depression can have three or four times the normal number of dreams.
Diabetes disrupts REM sleep and affects the brain's ability to separate dreams from waking perceptions.
When the brain senses low glucose levels, it will employ various mechanisms to try and rectify the situation. One way is by releasing adrenaline, which can cause vivid dreams that are accompanied by a feeling of being "wired" (nervous, tense, on edge, highly stimulated).
Many pregnant women experience vivid dreams, both pleasant and disturbing. These appear to be caused by hormonal changes and are a way for an expectant mother to come to terms with the fears that accompany the birth of a child.
It is believed that when a person is stressed, the brain has difficulty processing all the information that it picks up during the day. It continues to process during the night, which in turn can lead to weird dreams.
Vivid dreams can be a warning sign of excess vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in the body, which can lead to neurological disorders if it continues.