I Am A Maladaptive Daydreamer

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    I am suffering from obessesive daydreaming

    since I was a kid. I tried so much to get rid of it but it's so difficult to do! It has become an addiction and it starts to affect my health lately. Does anyone know how to get rid of this habit coz I really don't know what to do right now...
    Bahar123 Bahar123
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 22, 2014

    it's gotten better over time- I realize

    that the more I write and interact with other people, the less "harmful" it is and I can get stuff done. but I still have moments where I get trapped inside my own head, and I think that's ok. I could describe it as an addition, but it's just a bit more than that. The only...
    DreamingKate DreamingKate
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 11, 2015

    I've been slipping in

    and out of dreams since I was young. It started as an escape from the world around me. My life wasn't the life that I wanted it to be, so I created a new one. Whenever I didn't want to deal with what was going on in front of me, I'd disappear into my dream and completely lose...
    AmayaTsuki AmayaTsuki
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2015

    It happens with no particular reason.

    I love daydreaming. It's the only thing that helps me escape reality for seconds and feel good about living. I don't care if someone sees me smiling alone, it's awkward but atleast I found a way to go on with life.
    hervifern hervifern
    18-21, M
    1 Response May 9, 2015

    I don't suffer from maladaptive daydreaming,

    I live off of it. I don't know where I would be today if I didn't have this.
    Allysonny Allysonny
    18-21, F
    May 19, 2015

    I've been doing it ever

    since I can remember and I never thought much about it when I was younger because when you're little these things don't really interfere with daily life. But now I take time out of studying to do it, or even do it during a lesson as a teacher is speaking. When i first read...
    avonetica avonetica
    16-17, T
    Aug 18, 2015

    Ok so I have never discussed my MDD with anyone

    before. I am too scared and embarrassed of how they are going to react. I do it when I am alone. It started when I was about 5 or 6 years old when I would pretend I was a character or celebrity in a movie, tv, music video,etc. Then as I grew up, it got worse. I made up my own...
    BadGirl360 BadGirl360
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 27, 2016

    Hello friends Daydreamers,

    I consider that have a disorder like MDD can sometimes be difficult however I'm pretty sure that we can all find a good side to having such a disorder. In my opinion I think that we can use this to our advantage like being able to imagine various potential situations and...
    RichardAndon RichardAndon
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Sep 2, 2015

    I'm still trying to figure out

    if I have this or not. I feel like I do because of how the symptoms are described but my mom and step dad are skeptical. Ever since I was a kid I've always had intense day dreams, and whenever I had them I would have to pace or swing on a swing. These day dreams aren't always...
    DreamingKate DreamingKate
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 2, 2015

    I have suffered from maladaptive daydreaming

    for as long as I can remember, but just recently I discovered that there was a name for my problem, and it was actually a real problem that more people had than just me. I always new I was different than everyone else, by I didn't know how. Music, books, and movies/tv show often...
    mockingjay6312 mockingjay6312
    13-15, F
    Jan 6, 2015

    I don't understand why people complain

    so much about this. For me is really enjoyable. I never had a problem in real life because of this, unless I count some embarrasing situations where I was spotted laughing or doing gestures or my mom has read something I wrote while in the fantasy...other than that I live alone...
    mavimi mavimi
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2015

    I will use this story opportunity to also say

    goodbye to EP. You have played such a huge part of my life the last 4 years. When I discovered this site, I thought I had found my salvation. This is my fifth 'identity'. I had truly found a playground. My life changed immeasurably because of the first person I met on here...
    charitycay charitycay
    56-60, F
    Apr 3, 2016

    Ever since I can remember I've had vivid

    fantasies that I can escape to for lack of a better word. When I was younger they were less 'disturbed'. They centre around books or tv shows that I liked, Harry Potter, Brothers and Sisters, Greys anatomy etc..but as I got older they became darker and more twisted. I imagined I...
    coladalovekush coladalovekush
    16-17, F
    Jan 21, 2016

    When I daydream it's like I'm in a whole other

    world, and I lose track of time and energy. I sometimes wake up at 2 am and start listening to music and daydream for an hour or two. Music is what usually triggers them. They are mostly of celebrities. I put myself in the place of a famous singer, or youtuber, ect. Its always...
    prisci3 prisci3
    13-15, F
    Mar 17, 2016

    I wish I had someone to share my world with.

    ..sometimes, I wish I could have a group that I could hang out with and we could live in our fantasies together as a hobby...it'll be a like a game thatll make fantasies seem more real...if that makes any since...
    skyde12 skyde12
    18-21
    4 Responses Feb 29, 2016

    In my daydream Im a doll.

    A porcelain doll with a perfect body shape and perfect husband. Thin waist pale skin and big eyes. Head is bigger, like a doll. I have white hair that I accent with colors that correspond to my outfit. I have an otherworldly glow to me and my insides are metal amd robotic but...
    JynxScream JynxScream
    16-17, F
    Jul 29, 2015

    Ive been doing this since I was six

    or seven and it all started with a TV show that I waned to be apart of so badly. I would tell these stories about the characters in the show along with my own, it just seemed like such a cooler place to be in since I didn't fit all so well in the real world. As I grew up the...
    AllyUp AllyUp
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 10, 2015

    I have been a Maladaptive Daydreamer

    since I was 6. I don't know what caused it, but I feel like I can trust my mind more than my own family. I tell the characters in my mind everything. I don't want to stop.... I just want to live in my imagination...
    MusicKitten MusicKitten
    16-17, F
    Mar 29, 2015

    Wow, only just realized today

    that this is an actual condition, I was sure it was just me being weird! So basically I've had a very rough childhood, we were always moving houses, my mother was always very vulnerable and insecure and i also suffered forms of sexual abuse from one of my mother's partners over...
    evealryan evealryan
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 27, 2015

    Last night, on the way back home from work,

    I was on the bus and began daydreaming quite vividly. I completely blocked out all visual and audio stimulation and ran off in my own world. I ended up being shook back into reality at the end of the line, by a very worried bus driver. If only this had been a one off...
    FatalOrca FatalOrca
    22-25, F
    Dec 30, 2015

    I just found out that what I do has a name.

    I'm a Maladaptive Daydreamer and it fuels my writing. I know that it gets in the way, but I don't want to stop.
    FatalOrca FatalOrca
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2015

    It's been a revelation finding this site.

    I didn't even know what to look for. I thought I was a weirdo and schizophrenic. I'm married with children who are my world, yet I still have my parallel world even when they're awake. I think If I admitted it to that I'd be judged a bad mom but daydreaming never ever affects...
    Cdml81 Cdml81
    46-50, F
    1 Response Mar 13, 2015

    I just found out I'm a maladaptive daydreamer

    after I took some quiz online. (OuO)
    AngelEai AngelEai
    13-15, F
    Dec 16, 2015

    I didn't think I had it at first

    until I talked to someone, but apparently I have an obscure form of it. See, I don't technically daydream, I go on word and type up extremely long, boring stories. I wrote about a girl once who just went to school every day and lived with her mother and father, and nothing...
    Laz4rus Laz4rus
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jun 11, 2015

    This is so insane- seeing it's not just me;

    it's almost great? Anyway. I remember when I was little, all the fun I had just taking the world around me in, turning everything into more- more happiness than I already had. Then my teenage years, taking it all & adding until it was practically my own- but as a teenager, it...
    Rexxey Rexxey
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Aug 24, 2015

    I am a maladaptive daydreamer,

    but unlike most people who suffer from it, I don't really think I'm "suffering." I love doing it, and I feel like if I ever tried to stop, I'd be broken inside... I love all my character so much, probably more than the people in my life...Anyone else feel that way?
    AcA123456789 AcA123456789
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 10, 2016

    I feel like all these characters in my mind are

    there to make fun of me; like they're mocking me bc I don't have that many real friends.
    bungeemaniac11 bungeemaniac11
    13-15, F
    1 Response May 17, 2015

    I have never been diagnosed with this

    since I had just stumbled upon this group. I looked it up on the Internet and I think I have it because I had this one daydream that is based on a TV show I like. I've had this daydream since I was 17 or 18 and I know that according to the symptoms, maladaptive daydreaming...
    odessa94 odessa94
    22-25, T
    2 Responses Oct 11, 2015

    My maladaptive daydreaming began 6 years ago .

    . Or maybe even further. All I know is that I am trapped. I never used to do it as a kid , but after my mother married my abusive stepfather I started isolating myself and in that isolation this devious disorder formed itself. At first I would listen to music on my laptop and...
    themesanthropist themesanthropist
    18-21
    1 Response Jun 9, 2015

    Quitting MDD - my story Hi friends,

    I posted about quitting MDD a couple months ago and just wanted to give everyone an update and offer whatever help I can. I have been working on recovering from MDD for the past several months and have not done it at all in over a month now. It's been a challenge but my life...
    BuddhistAddict BuddhistAddict
    26-30
    Feb 6, 2016

    I have a beautiful, amazing the complete

    opposite of me alter ego inside my head. I always watch anime and being an artist I created this alter ego of mine inside my head. Complete with her own world and friends. Shes also a pop star in that world. Shes nice and has a charity for animals and a humanitarian. Shes super...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jan 1, 2015

    I just discovered this term.

    It was literally just an hour ago that I googled "obsessive daydreaming" and came across maladaptive daydreaming. I never thought it was a problem; in fact, when I was younger I thought it was a good thing. I always heard that daydreaming was harmless and people often talked...
    lic92 lic92
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 30, 2014

    I've noticed that I've had a problem with

    daydreaming a few weeks back. I've been failing classes because I adore creating scenarios of my life that are better than real life. Whenever I watch a movie, I place myself there. Music? They're triggers to specific daydreams. I need help but my sister told me that everyone...
    louismacena752 louismacena752
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 9, 2016

    I found out about the term 'maladaptive

    daydreaming' a while ago, searched it and found I fit what it described. But, I haven't done anything about it, because for years, when I was about 8 or 9, I started imagining scenarios with anime characters and my original characters with them. It started out as little...
    exopanda exopanda
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 2, 2015

    I have very recently came across this term

    and immediately relate to it. There isn't a day I dont daydream......when I think about how much its shocking......its a lot anyway. I dont remember when it started because it seems like I've always been telling stories in my head (day dreaming). I like to day dream though, it...
    smokeandbone smokeandbone
    22-25, F
    Apr 23, 2015

    Due to reading at a young age I was able to

    engage in stories really well. Now, more than 20 years later I have a distinct universe created in my head. This universe has nearly 500 characters that are unique... 6 generations, entire family trees, relationships, and backstories, and every book, movie, show, or game i...
    Justicar77 Justicar77
    26-30, M
    1 Response Aug 31, 2014

    I've been this way for

    as long as I could remember. I've always been told I've been good at writing and the disorder definitely fueled that. So I started writing fanfiction as an outlet. I wrote for many different fandoms, and still do. Two years ago, I couldn't afford to attend college anymore, so I...
    ncisfan1212 ncisfan1212
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 3, 2015

    It all starts with one step.

    Then two. Then back again. It starts in the seductive blue eyes of a young boy and the footprints my mother left on the floor. It started when she taught me happiness was a gift given to those who were alone. He was my starting point. My original reason for happiness. He haunts...
    selfishdreamer selfishdreamer
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 5, 2014

    I have no idea when it started

    but ever since I can remember I've always daydreamed. It was always the same, I had an amazing body and every guy was in love with me. Movies or shows would trigger it. Sometimes I would find an actor attractive and imagine this life together. Or I would meet someone at school...
    ItBeEsme ItBeEsme
    18-21, F
    Apr 10, 2016

    I don't usually imagine myself

    as myself. Sometimes, when I remember the particulars of my actual flesh-and-blood self, I'm surprised. "Oh, yeah. I look like that. Weird." Instead, I'm a 16-year-old orphan who dreams of being a famous comedian (or the president of the United States), a child...
    Gwynevere Gwynevere
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 11, 2014

    All these years, I've never quite known what my

    escapism was until recently. Is it normal? Is it a disorder? Am I mentally ill? Is it common? What is normal? Well to me, in reference to behavior patterns, 'normal' means healthy and non-destructive. I emphasize this because one could live in a society where it is a standard...
    Tamikles Tamikles
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 22, 2015

    Maladaptive Dreaming

    Is anyone else a Maladaptive dreamer? I'm wondering if there's anyone else out there... I've seen threads about this in other places. Surprised there are no stories here.
    Annie1981 Annie1981
    36-40
    3 Responses Sep 29, 2013

    I feel like I don't belong in modern society

    where life is a routine. I can't get anywhere because I don't make enough money, I can't save money because life loved to throw things at me that can only be fixed with money. I long for my next escape into my worlds where I'm free to do whatever I want and I can do whatever I...
    smokeandbone smokeandbone
    22-25, F
    May 8, 2015

    I have already shared an experience on here

    about this disorder I suffer from. I just wanted to update on it. A couple months ago, like two, I decided I would end my major daydream world one night. I ended it like the characters were moving on and stuff. I even put myself into the world just so they could say goodbye. It...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Apr 7, 2015
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