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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    I'm from France, near Toulouse.

    Daydreaming my life away, all the time.
    luigi745 luigi745 31-35, M Mar 29

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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 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'm so glad that I found this

    because I just thought I was a freak but I have multiple daydreams that are each very specific and detailed. Most days I spend hours in these daydreams creating them almost like they're a movie or a novel. I've never admitted this to anyone because I feel like they'd think it...
    annamarie1295 annamarie1295 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Well I wouldn't say that I suffer

    or anything... I actually enjoy it. I find it highly entertaining and it gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration for art, music, stories... Besides... the outside world can be as boring as hell at times.
    TrippingKitty TrippingKitty 26-30 3 Responses Apr 5

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    I think i found something important about the

    negative side of maladaptive daydreaming...those of us who have it to escape from the real world because of how we are treated or how are life is....those of us who suddenly lose control of their daydreams and spiral down into negative thoughts and begin to daydream of horrible...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F Mar 23

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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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    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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    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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    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 6 days ago

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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 Apr 12

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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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    the worst I've noticed is

    when I'm driving alone in traffic. I get bored and start to day dream, its hard to come back when I start...
    krazylilmeow krazylilmeow 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 25

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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 a week ago

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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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    So I was just curious,

    where do you all live? I'm from Toronto, Ontario!
    RichardAndon RichardAndon 22-25, M Mar 25

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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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    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 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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    Wow I am both shocked

    and relieved to see that what I'm going trough has a name...shocked because a part of me thought that everyone daydreamed in the way I did. But lately I have realised that it has gotten quite troubling. When I was younger the daydreams would often feature myself, sort of like a...
    capricorn96 capricorn96 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 2 Responses Apr 1

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    I had been doing well the past month

    and now with the stress of exams it is harder and harder to control. I keep going into my head and I waste hours just staring blankly at my books while dreaming when I really should be working. same old story. I'm starting to feel like I'm weak and that it is all my fault I can...
    Oneirophobic Oneirophobic 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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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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    Hi there MDDers! I'm currently working on a

    short presentation about MDD and I've came to the point where I have to describe what are the usual interests of MDDers? if there are any. What are your interests and hobbies? I've notices with myself that I have some sort of cycle of Interest. For a couple of week I will focus...
    RichardAndon RichardAndon 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 31

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    ...and It's The Reason For Social Anxiety

    It's hard to talk about a disorder that I didn't know existed until now, but I have had all my life. It has always just been apart of me, or who I am. I can't remember a time when I didn't excessively daydream. When I was little, my parents were too busy to spend time with me. I...
    seungwon seungwon 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 27, 2012

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    I suffer from it since childhood days.

    I am a single child of my parents and they had a very abusive relationship and also they were struggling with jobs. Though they never abused me directly during my childhood but they were not there to listen to me to share my joys and sorrow. So I created my world-I guess I was...
    ujjainih ujjainih 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 15

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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 7 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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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 6 days ago

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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 6 days ago

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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 a week ago

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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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    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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    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 45 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    Just found out about this a

    while ago, it's kind of relieving to know that I'm not the only one who suffers from this. Daydreaming is basically a part of my life. I don't know how to stop doing it, and I'm afraid to tell my parents about my daydreams because they might think I'm weird.
    blueskyz4 blueskyz4 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 24

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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

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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 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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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    I am 14 I suffered anxiety

    for a year and whilst I was in that scary period I use to pretend I was in my favourite band (whilst listening to music)walk up my room and do guitar air jumps (yes I am that sad) also pretend I am a footballer who has won the World Cup. I did it that because it was a escape to...
    Hangirl0024 Hangirl0024 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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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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