Dreamer's disease

It's there, I can see it. I remember it from my dreams...but I'm the only one who can see it.
— A patients suffering from the dreamer's disease
This mental health condition usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood and can often be a lifelong struggle.  


It is believed that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of this condition. But the truth is that researchers don't know what causes it. You are more likely to get this condition if someone in your family has it, though, some people with the condition have no history of it in their family. Researchers believe that in these cases a gene in the patients DNA might've changed because of environmental triggers. Like viral infections before being born or if the baby didn't get proper nutrition.
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The symptoms usually start between the ages of 15 and 25. They will start remembering their dreams every night and later these dreams will play out during the day. While seeing these hallucinations touching reality the patient is unable to move or talk. They also find it difficult to take deep breaths, move their eyes and they also feel fright. Some patients have reported feeling a presence in their head or pressing on their chests. These hallucinations paralysis can happen several times a day. Anxiety and a lack of motivation are also symptoms that many with this condition have to deal with.  


Medication and psychological counseling help for many of the affected but it doesn't help for all of them.  


Prevention is difficult as there is no reliable way to tell if somebody will develop the condition.  

Cultural reception

People generally feel sympathy or pity for patients when dealing with them at a distance, but when they have to deal with a dreamer up close the pity and sympathy turns to mistrust and annoyance. A dreamer might drop your baby if they get one of their episodes, what are you even supposed to do when they to the ground like that?

Chronic, Acquired
Affected Species


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