I have to disagree with not speaking about bad dreams/nightmares or dreams in general. I was for a very long time suffering from the same kind of dream, that disturbed me, which was yes, related to my personal 'awake' life. I found after starting to write down these dreams, and any others, that I was able to self analyze, and somehow break the cycle. Perhaps it depends on what kind of person you are. Nothing negative came of it, quite the opposite. It was only when I took control and looked into that dream that they stopped, and I was able to come out of it with a higer understanding. From then on, I have always written down my dreams, I always remember them, probably due to disturbed sleep, and it's been nothing but interesting.
And in no way do dreams, like you've said,always carry a deeper meaning, often, its just like an entertaining night out at the theatre.
I myself have always had some outstanding/frightening dreaming experiences, and have often found that they can often be just more than unscrambling our daily lives and emotions. I personally believe that in dreams, due to experience, that some people are open to communications. (i know i sound like a nutcase) I even wrote about one of my experiences recently in open 32. I feel the sleeping brain is more capable than people think, and having experienced this, no one could convince me otherwise.
Though I won't go into detail, as I'm sure you'd think I was doolally!