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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    Maladaptive Daydreaming Vs Normal Daydreaming

    This was a post/article I wrote a few months back which I posted on another site but has since been removed since I am no longer a member there. I thought it would be a good idea to share it here. When I first discovered the term Maladaptive Daydreaming a year and a half ago I...
    therararabbit therararabbit 22-25, M 11 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    I'd like to know, what are your most frequent

    themes of daydream? And your most frequent triggers? Alcohol and energy drinks/coffee are a huge trigger to me and I daydream about Romance the most
    RichardAndon RichardAndon 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    I've daydreamed as long

    as I can remember. I've recently told my wife about it but she's been the only person I've ever talked about it with. I'm not entirely sure all the ways it effects me and my relationships but I'm glad to be thinking and talking about it for the first time. I am curious if...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 12

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    I don't “suffer” from it,

    I enjoy it. Life would be way too boring without it.
    Offing Offing 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    I function properly if I don't dream My family

    has been in chaos for 10 years. I have become a second mother to my two autistic brothers and an exhausted, overworked mother. I was in the 3rd grade when the storm hit and was very confused why it was happening. Mother dated a man who was selfish, pompous, irrational man...
    BrainLoading BrainLoading 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 12

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    ....Never could I have guessed

    that I had that... But the more I researched it, the more it made sense. Holy crap... I might just be suffering from maladaptive Daydreaming. Hell! That would explain the daydreaming for the longest periods of time (half an hour to 1h, without even noticing). The constant...
    jlove987 jlove987 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I am almost 30 and I am a maladaptive

    daydreamer. For the longest time I'd never heard of this. I had a complete moment of disbelief, thinking,"There's a NAME for it?!" It really began for me around age 14 or 15. I had always been able to escape through books and in particular, comic books. I admired the strong...
    theforeverstory theforeverstory 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    i have been suffering from MD

    since i was a kid cause my daydreams are way better in my reality. I was shy in school and was bullied. Since I found out about MD I'm trying to fix it so I can live a full life.
    rchristina rchristina 31-35 3 Responses Apr 5

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    MD is like a shadow that constantly follows me

    around. There are so many triggers that I can't even sit by myself and think about other things. Any type of media triggers it. Being bored triggers it. Being alone triggers it. It's easier to count what doesn't trigger it than what does. It's just really hard to concentrate...
    potatopie100 potatopie100 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 7, 2014

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    My Little Secret Not Everyone Can Understand

    I didn't even know there was a name for this up until about a year ago and when I finally did put a name to my "problem" it really shook me, and everything sort of stopped for a moment and I thought, "I really am NOT normal." I've had this for as long as I can remember. My...
    kaylamayla kaylamayla 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    I never expected to discover there is a term

    for what I have been experiencing since my earliest age I can recall. I have always felt intensely protective of my daydreaming, as if it were so strongly attached to my being that if I were to divulge it to anyone my imagination would be torn away and my life would unravel...
    rattikin rattikin 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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    It's My Get Away...

    I have suffered from Maladaptive Daydreaming (md) for about 7 years but it didn't get to its peak until about 5 years ago. Although I have always...I guess some people would say "lived in my own little world" I never thought of it as an obsession until I was about 13 and it got...
    blownaway20 blownaway20 18-21, F 46 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    I didn't even know MD was a thing

    until I Googled "I'm obsessed with my original characters" after a four day long daydreaming binge. I was always an imaginative, creative child with a gift for art. I loved to draw characters from my favourite computer games and TV shows, and to create fancharacters whom I...
    clementine86 clementine86 26-30 1 Response Apr 17

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    Dissociation And Md - Surviving Childhood Abuse

    Warning, sexual content (not graphic or descriptive). For me it was a bit like the movie Tideland, I had abuse as a child. My parents weren't drug addicts like the girl in the movie, I had a mother who secretly gave me huge abuse, and I survived it in various ways. I dissociated...
    Handed Handed 41-45, F 13 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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    I just discovered this today.

    and I absolutely cannot believe that other people do this. I have been going this from as long as I can remember starting in childhood. I was always a very very shy little Girl in school so shy I was afraid to talk in school resulting in my being afraid time even ask for the...
    26telly 26telly 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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    I always knew it was weird.

    It started when I was 11. I can't make up my own characters so I use movies, novels, and people from real life. I completely shut myself off, lost all friends, and always stayed in my room so I could daydream. I always find myself pacing, fast if the scene is exciting, slow if...
    WeWereImaginary WeWereImaginary 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 19

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    So this group is pretty much the reason I

    joined this site. Ever since I was a boy I would day dream intensely. I would call it "My alternate universe". I would live in it. I don't know how this started or why. I'm sixteen now and I still look forward to nights so I can go to "My alternate universe". I can't get out of...
    MegaKingDivaThings MegaKingDivaThings 16-17, M Apr 11

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    His name is Joshua Renly

    and I've been dreaming of him since I was eight years old; during the day and at night, his life unfolds within the realms of my mind. For a time, I thought I was gifted enough to see life through another person's eyes, that Joshua was a real person that may one day cross my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 26, 2014

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    Well not so much anymore,

    ive been MD since I was 5yrs old I'm now 22 I decided to try and shut it down as much as possible shortly after my 21st bday and I have discovered so many ways of controlling it and one of those ways is to be surrounded by people in some form or another, I guess the fear of...
    soNORM soNORM 22-25 3 Responses May 11

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    I've suffered from maladaptive daydreaming ever

    since I can remember. I'm not really sure why.. Maybe because I've often felt like I'm trapped in the ****** reality of my actual life so I prefer to make up my own ideal world featuring my ideal self. I'm also extremely self-concious (to the point where its seriously affecting...
    ellisbraddock ellisbraddock 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 22

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    I don't suffer from Maladaptive-daydreaming;

    if anything I'm lost without it... I've had it since I was 11 years old. I love daydreaming, I love spacing out living a perfect life in my head. It's nice to actually see the dream with my eyes open and forget about any and all things around me... I love to keep MD for the...
    SadlySafeeee SadlySafeeee 13-15 1 Response Feb 21

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    Hello, I just joined this website to be a part

    of this group specifically. I have had MD since I was 7 but didn't know that the term MD existed until about half a year ago. I've never spoken with another person with MD and am excited to learn more about the community. I'd be happy to share my experiences with anyone / chat...
    reveriesky reveriesky 18-21, F Apr 1

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    Maladaptive Daydreaming

    I've known I have MD for a couple of weeks now. I'm 15 years old and I have been daydreaming excessively since I was a toddler. When I was younger I would find it rather difficult to sleep, daydreaming was my way falling asleep by myself. I then started getting ideas from...
    dulas5 dulas5 16-17 2 Responses Oct 25, 2012

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    The character is myself.

    In my head I'm living the life I want, I have the body I want, the boyfriend I want, the hair, the job, the life, the friends, it even goes down to having the tattoos I want. I have names for the people I'm surrounded with. Some of them are celebrities but most of them are...
    caveman1995 caveman1995 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I believe I have this too.

    This pretty much stemmed from when I was a child. When I was little I would love to listen to music and imagine myself singing the song and in front of people. I usually liked movement when daydreaming like being in a car and pacing. Now as I got older my daydreaming got longer...
    YasmineKhalifa YasmineKhalifa 18-21 3 Responses Apr 25, 2014

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    I just found out about MD a week ago

    and I didn't think my daydreaming was much of a problem till then. Now that I think about it, I've wasted a lot of my potential and energy and time just living as a character in my head. It has gotten so bad that I don't know who I am anymore. I feel so lost. I know I have to...
    Oneirophobic Oneirophobic 18-21, F Feb 24

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    I just found out that there is a name

    for what I thought was my own special kind of crazy. And even if I am crazy it is extremely comforting to know that I am not alone in my suffering and confusion, even if you all are technically strangers lol. I've always lived in my own world but the daydreaming has gotten so...
    availableusername9 availableusername9 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 25

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    First of all, I want to thank the person

    who created this group, it's good to not be on your own... I'm grateful that people in this world will listen to me with their attentive ears. Sooo.. Here's my story: I'm someone who has practiced maladaptive daydreaming since I was 7. I remember because I was punished a lot...
    anacastlebeach anacastlebeach 13-15 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I've daydreamed as long

    as I can remember. I've recently told my wife about it but she's been the only person I've ever talked about it with. I'm not entirely sure all the ways it effects me and my relationships but I'm glad to be thinking and talking about it for the first time. I am curious if...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 12

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    I'm not sure if I have MD.

    Hello, so I'm new to this site but have seen it around for quite some time. As I've done random searches on the internet, I came across this and thought I'd share my experience. This story will definitely get personal and dive into more than just the MD traits. I'll start by...
    WardenChult WardenChult 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 18

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    I Hate Daydreaming!!

    Okay soo how do I start this... Well, I'm 21 and in my last year of college and today I finally pinned down a name for what I've been feeling pretty much my entire life. That's the first step, right? I'm pretty sure I suffer from Maladaptive daydreaming, which is basically...
    PamAna PamAna 22-25, F 5 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    I am 16 and I've lost my mom at 7 ,

    my dad didn't want me. I am mixed so once my mom died i lived with the white side of my family on that side I have 2 cousins I'm very close to but the are the favorites so I've always felt kind of neglected. When I dream I dream of being rich As f*** Nfl Player with all the...
    OgGamer782 OgGamer782 16-17, M 2 Responses May 5

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    I don't feel like I'm suffering.

    I can't imagine my life without this "illness." I'm grateful for it everyday. It's made me creative and I have placed to go when I'm sad/lonely/bored.
    Rajieta Rajieta 22-25, F 2 Responses May 13

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    well...i just realize

    that this is a disorder...i though it was normal ._. but yeah, i don't really live in reality anymore and sometimes i can't say if it actually happend or if i daydream it...now that i think about it i don't know why i though this was normal daydreaming XD
    MichelleKnight MichelleKnight 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 19

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    I have had MD since about the age of 12.

    It initially started out as fun. Then, I'd lie on the sofa and close my eyes, and start daydreaming. I could go on for hours if I wasn't disturbed. Then I'd open my eyes to the life around me. In the early stages of myMD, I was completing soap operas in my head and relieving...
    Significant Significant 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 21

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    i know the clear difference between reality

    and fantasy , but sometimes this condition can affect relationships, because i build people up to be these perfect people in some fantasies, giving irrealistic expectations of them and i guess it resenates in my mind just the tiniest bit, it is impossible for anyone to live...
    anonymous1251 anonymous1251 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2014

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    Hi, I'm a teenager and I've had been

    Maladaptive daydreaming for around 3 years now. I don't know what to do anymore. I am so emotionally attached to my characters that I get almost panic attacks when I realize that they are not real and that I can't get to them. I feel like my characters are my family and I've...
    Evelyn1Jacobs Evelyn1Jacobs 31-35, F Apr 19

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    It's one of the quirks I had

    as an only child. In circumspect, it sounds lovely. The ability to zone out and create wild imaginary objects and beings, to be able to tell crazy stories that kept my friends on their feet. I could play pretend so well, because that's where I was, half of the time when I was...
    Fuzzies Fuzzies 56-60, M May 13

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    I've always had these.

    .. let's call them "people" in my mind that I would always go to when I'm bored or unhappy. Whenever I was sad, I would just lay on my bed or a couch and imagine my adventures with my imaginary friends. Now, most of our adventures involve my emotions, and my personality rubbed...
    TheTypicalCookie TheTypicalCookie 13-15, F May 10

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    Firstly, i'm really sorry about my

    english:PIt's just that i had to google it my symptoms and it led me here, it really feels home:) I'm happy that i'm not the only one who suffers from MDD.I've been like this for the past 15years and i still can't stop it. Thank you for sharing your stories, it helps a lot.:)
    Cherryblossomdays Cherryblossomdays 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I did not have any idea this was a real

    disorder. Anyway, for many, many years, I've delved into the deep recesses of my mind to escape from my situations and reality. If I were to take a guess, I'd say this started in 5th grade, when I was getting bullied everyday. I thought of constant situations or things to say...
    GizmoFox GizmoFox 13-15, T 1 Response 5 days ago

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    sfsan sfsan 18-21 a week ago

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    I just discovered that this is a real issue,

    and that I am not alone in my obsession thanks to this site. I have been MDing since middle school at least, I try not to count younger years because I believe most children (especially only-child kids) probably day dream often. I dont plan on admitting the type of DDs I have...
    krazylilmeow krazylilmeow 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2014

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    Infp + Mdd

    I've been daydreaming since early childhood. My parents were/are odd people, they fought and they isolated me to a degree. I wanted more interaction than I had, basically. I always had various story lines that were short lived and meaningless, until I was 14. I had a dream...
    Kurtface Kurtface 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2012

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    My 'imaginary' Lover

    There was a time when I was a lonely kid, an introvert. I didn't have many friends in eighth grade so my mind would constantly be active in creating new ones. Eventually I created a boy friend called Jake. Our interactions started off in harmless dreams. I knew I had made him, he...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    I hate the fact that I am suffering from MD.

    Its constantly interfering with my actual life.I prefer to stay in my imaginative world rather than my real world and this is destroying my life.
    pin97 pin97 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 14

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