Our expert says:
So, am I understanding here, these are unusually vivid and realistic dreams, such that when you wake you still think they are real, and then these fade ? YOur doctor was realyl foolish to have laughed at you. There are things called Hypnogogic and Hypnopompic Hallucinations ( fancy words ! ) which describe NORMAL but puzzling experiences similar to dreaming, in which either just as one is drifting off to sleep, or while one is drifting out of sleep, one may see / hear / experience things which are not really there but are highly convinving, which then fade away as you return fully to reality.
Its not clear why only some people experience these, and why some experience them more often and distressingly. If there is access to a proper sleep expert / sleep lab, they will be better able to check on this and related possibility, and advise on how best to manage it.
They don't do harm ( other than being alarming ) ; they don't represent serious mental illness ; they may arise or become troublesome at times when one is otherwise under stress ; and they usually fade away without explanation
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