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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    so basically I was always really imaginative

    as a child I don't remember doing it as a kid cause I was very active and into sports and I also used to write a lot of stories. then by middle school maybe 6th or 7th grade I lost a lot of friends and was being bullied i really had no safe place to go and I would pace with my...
    myownconsultant myownconsultant 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    Not too long ago, I read my first article on

    maladaptive daydreaming and immediately realized that it was the "quirk" in my brain that I'd never exactly found a fitting term for. Schizophrenia or other dissociative disorders never quite fit the bill because I know my fantasies/daydreams are not reality and am sane enough...
    shemeantyonoharm991 shemeantyonoharm991 22-25, F Jan 1

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    I didn't realise that this was "A thing"

    until today. I've been daydreaming excessively since I was about 13 years old and it always revolves around a book, movie or tv show, where I create my own character to fit into the storyline. I must have dozens of different characters by this point, but as soon as I pick up...
    aderyn42 aderyn42 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    I am eighteen years old.

    I have lived one hell of a life I guess you could say, but most of those distraught memories are clothed over by my daydreams. It seems all too hazy, the reality and fantasy jumbled together like scrabble letters waiting to form words. I have had maladaptive daydreaming for as...
    blitzd blitzd 18-21, F Dec 25, 2013

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    Life Inside My Head!

    I have been daydreaming from before I can remember, I mean probably when I first started school at 4/5 if not before that. I am now 20 years old and in university. Its like a entire movie/novel and it has been the same story on going from ever since. As I get older and understand...
    imaddicted imaddicted 18-21, F 27 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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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 9 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    All my life this has affected me I am confused

    now because for me it was always a good thing, not a bad thing. I can hear a song or see a nice movie and vibrant images will pop into my head that will correspond to the stories I make. When I was younger these would be made up but now they have gotten more sophisticated and...
    Axelarate Axelarate 16-17, M 4 Responses Nov 16, 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 43 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    And its getting worse,

    I know people are going through the same thing I am but well.... I made my own fantasy world and I go to it every day its mostly involves anime because I LOVE ANIME, I looked up a question that says would you want to go to an anime world? And of course that's EXACTLY what I...
    pinkkitten100 pinkkitten100 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 9

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    Sometimes it’s sad to think about the fact

    that I have more ‘memories’ of fictional characters I’ve created through daydreaming than I actually do of my own life. I’m not even 20, but most of my actual memories are just vague knowledge instead of things I truly ‘remember’, yet I can recall with perfect...
    Clenastia Clenastia 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 12

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    I've never had any trauma

    as a child, but I had an overactive imagination and would constantly want to pretend. My mom would tell me to help sweep the floor and I'd say "lets pretend we're sweeping the floor in a castle" etc. when I was about 8, I got a trampoline for my birthday and would jump on it...
    Ebenik Ebenik 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 19, 2014

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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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    I often start daydreaming

    while someone is speaking or I am watching something, which makes me fidgety. Often I will start watching a film but will constantly keep starting and stopping it to go and jog up and down the stairs a couple of times so my daydream can continue in peace. It is very hard for me...
    oysterxoxo oysterxoxo 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    my daydreaming experiences have been a real

    part of my life since i was a child. beginning with imagining a whole world which existed underground to the creation of a dual world complete with countries cities and even down to complex cultural and social activities. this alternate universe is always changing and i visit...
    andymojo andymojo 41-45, M 3 Responses Dec 18, 2014

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    I don't know if this has happened to anyone

    but it has to me. I had this daydream that I was a successful business woman by day and serial killer by night and although being a killer isn't something to be proud of, it's how I got rid of my anger. The successful part is something that I hope happens truly in life, I want...
    lovelyann lovelyann 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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 3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    Here is how o broke free from this addiction.

    Yes, you can stop it. I did. I had a severe case of malladaptive daydreaming. I could literally spend the entire day with headphones on, listening to music and imagining i was some rockstar or whatever else you can associate with recognition, fame, acceptance and the things that...
    Finalcut123 Finalcut123 41-45 4 Responses Jan 29, 2014

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    I've had elaborate daydreams

    and fantasies for as long as I can remember. (I'm 49 now). I instinctively knew it wasn't "normal" and have never told anyone. On the outside, I appear pretty "normal" and average. Although MDD can be very distracting, school always came rather easily for me, and I achieved...
    secretspaces secretspaces 46-50, F Jan 16

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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...
    mlynnikens mlynnikens 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 26, 2014

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    The Truth about Wildminds Ning Network

    I had been a member in this community for over 2 years and I was recently suspended for reasons that does not make any sense. I did not break any rules but guess what I have mental health issues and need support and I got suspended from a support community! Does this make sense...
    AlexDreamsItAway AlexDreamsItAway 22-25 4 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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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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    I've been doing this

    since I was about 8 years old. Really as long as I can remember. Music, movies, and entertainment are my triggers. And I can do it anywhere. It's gotten bad because I know do it at work or other places. I'm always the focal point of the daydreams no matter what the circumstance...
    Starbaby1985 Starbaby1985 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    Hello, Daydreaming is a stress reliever

    for me but I don't want to feel like I am longing to be someone else. I am also unsure weather I am a maladaptive daydreamer.The dreams always take place at high school and I can only have the daydreams if I am listening to music and walking in circles around my room. They...
    El92 El92 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 10, 2014

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    i think i have maladaptive daydreaming,

    at first i really dont believe that i have but when i started reaserching about this behaviour i changed my mind. It started when i was 5 years old or maybe 6? i was bullied back then and my parents thought that i'm the one who's bullying my classmates so i thought.. they hated...
    superjac superjac 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    I don't remember how

    or when I started daydreaming. I just know that it had always been this way. I find it hard to pay attention in class or get my school work done. I often find myself late for work or school because of how much I daydream. I had no idea that anyone else suffered from this, or...
    MsGardevoir MsGardevoir 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 27, 2014

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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 3 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    Hi everyone, I thought

    since I mainly joined this site to talk about maladaptive daydreaming I should post my own experience with it. I'm 18 years old now, and it started when I was 12 I guess. I can't remember the very first time I did it but I know I had just one 'character' in my head back then...
    EllenMelon82 EllenMelon82 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    sleepyphotograher sleepyphotograher 16-17, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I started a blog at https://parallelpanes.

    wordpress.com/ to chronicle my experience in trying to manage my MD. Does anyone else journal, and do you find it to be helpful? For me, it has been the most effective assistance I have tried.
    DitzyDot DitzyDot 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 20

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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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    Welp, I've just kicked a severe internet

    addiction and now I've spent practically this whole day daydreaming. I'm looking at the symptoms that everyone who has it is describing and I think that I have it too. I have this whole world set up where I can interact with different characters from tv shows and movies...
    skyshade13 skyshade13 18-21 9 hrs ago

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    My Fantasy World

                I'm a 16 year old girl.          My day dreaming days began when I was around 11 or 10 years old. For me, it was always a form of escape from my life. I suppose I'm too imaginative. At first, I read Harry Potter and fell in love with the books. I tried...
    fromdaydreamland fromdaydreamland 16-17 6 Responses Jul 28, 2011

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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 16-17 3 Responses Apr 25, 2014

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    Growing up in my household,

    my parents always argued and my dad was really horrible so I would always make an escape in daydreaming. As I grew up, I dated celebrities and other people but the relationships never really worked out which totally helped me in a way. I learned from them. I now have this new...
    lovelyann lovelyann 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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 3 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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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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    A Mental Entertainment

    I did not know there is a legitimate name for this type of daydreaming. I have always thought it is only childish me who does this! As I remember, it started when my brother gave me my first manga/comic book. The storyline was so mesmerising it captured my thoughts all days and...
    RedSmile RedSmile 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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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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    This has been an issue ever

    since I was about 7. One night, I couldn't sleep and I was bored, so I made up a story about a girl on a pirate ship with her little minions, that took the shape of coloured gummy bears. The stories I made up in my head every night were always changing. One day it'll be about...
    ThatAwkwardPanda ThatAwkwardPanda 13-15 5 Responses Oct 17, 2014

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    Depression Leads To Md?

    I've always been shy, mainly because I have almost always been alone and I'm scared of people. When I was younger, I was left alone because I was independent, whereas my brother always needed attention. Most people avoided me in elementary and such, so I started daydreaming...
    PansMusicBox PansMusicBox 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2012

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    I was actually rather surprised

    when I found out about "Maladaptive daydreaming" since originally I thought I was spiralling into some form of psychosis yet I knew I could tell the difference between my fantasies and reality. I remember talking to a counselor about my day dreaming and they just said I have an...
    whatsnewpussycat whatsnewpussycat 18-21 2 Responses Jan 3

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    wow im almost crying,

    i seriously thought i had a unique issue, im so glad im not alone, but at the same time sad others have this condition,
    anonymous1251 anonymous1251 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 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 am so relieved to finally put a name to this

    alternate universe that has existed in my mind for as long as i can remember. I have experienced these elaborate daydreams since elementary school. Pacing all over the place acting out my favorite disney movies, and adding my own characters and plots. Im sure my family thought i...
    dunnitz dunnitz 31-35, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    i have been daydreaming like this

    for as long as i can remember so i cant really say if it stems from a trauma or some sort of repressed memory but when it happens the dreams are extremely vivid. I have two toys that i move around in each hand to trigger the dreams. I got them when i was 8 and im 17 now i...
    cose cose 16-17, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    This is a pretty sensitive topic

    for me to talk about, a few days ago i realized that i need all the help i can get. I feel like i started daydreaming when i moved here and people started bullying me. I don't exactly remember how i was feeling at the time considering i was around the age of 8. Around 7th grade...
    jennixlo jennixlo 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    What kind of mental disorder is this?

    After many research, I'm sure it's MD... Ok so I pretend that I am a celebrity re-acting their movie lines as them. I've been doing this since I was eight years old. It first started happening when I had a obsession with Brad Pitt. I would act out his scenes in his movies and...
    Heaven360 Heaven360 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 17

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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 Shelter And Damnation, Pt 1

    I must warn you, it is a long story. I have just recently realized how deep down I have buried myself. Hard to believe that the very same thing I have done to keep myself safe; was actually worsening everything else for me. I am pretty convinced that I suffer from Avoidant...
    AZChomp644 AZChomp644 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2013

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    sal765 sal765 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I don't know when it started.

    I can go back as far early 1998/9 when I got my backstreets poster and cd. I was 8 and I would spend hours daydreaming on how i would meet nick Carter. Fast forward 16 years and I'm still daydreaming. the Subject of my fantasies range from celebrities to people i know. The...
    saraNaya saraNaya 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 12, 2014