I don't really know fully what I'm writing here. In a way it's ramblings about partial ideas around mental health and people - people being the important label - with mentally disjointed experiences.
Dreams and nightmares, I would suggest, are 'happenings' in which distortions of waking reality occur. And there is a question here around whether 'waking reality' is a globally owned phenomenon or different for each individual.
Whatever, let's say, in a dream, we experience going through rooms and rooms with each change bringing an increasing sense of dread and horror, then when we wake, those neurons that have been banging their heads together all night continue to do so after we have fully woken.
The corollary is that we then carry that sense of dread and horror through our 'waking reality' Do we? Ever? And could that happen with other distorted perceptions that happen - to some? most? of us - when we are asleep: voices; visions; threatening or destructive messages from inanimate objects; and absolutely everything referring to us.
And if we manage to contain those 'happenings' in sleeping minds, are we diminished people in waking form where what we call 'normality' reigns?
So why are people who fail to contain those things diminished and stigmatised?