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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    I hate how I am trying to get over my MD

    and when I think I quit, it's really just a binge. I feel horrible every time I relapse into daydreaming.
    realdisneyprincess realdisneyprincess 16-17, F 3 Responses May 24

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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 35 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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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

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    I've had a spike in these daydreams lately,

    and it was quite disconcerting when I stumbled upon what this was. Sure I daydream a lot, but when I lose a whole days to it, when my roommates would ask if I was having sleeping trouble because I would lay down often. To work, at work, at school. I don't even think it's...
    MethodinMadness MethodinMadness 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 3

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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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    The people I created in side of my head make me

    feel alive and powerful. They make me feel like I belong. When i was depressed, they were the ones who were there for me. I realize now that my real friends were there for me to but I would focus on the ones in my head. They make me feel safe in this harsh world. They make me...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    I just found out that I have this.

    Ever since I was little, I would imagine all of these scenarios in my head, though it wasn't anything too major. Sometimes, I'd literally imagine an imaginary friend, though mine usually were animals. Anyway, when I was eleven, I was attacked by an animal which caused me a lot...
    Inksoul Inksoul 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    I Don't Want It To Stop

    I came to this site because up until now I didn't know what to do. I've always wanted to tell someone who could help me, but I've been too afraid. Afraid that they wouldn't understand me, maybe- and mostly afraid that they might get the fantasies to stop. I've been addicted to...
    completelyuncharted completelyuncharted 16-17 6 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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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 4 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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    I have spent the last six hours immersed in

    various daydreams. I was recently diagnosed with bipolar. My daydreams usually last up to 2 hours in a single sitting. Could this be a manic episode? Does anyone know of a relationship between MDD and bipolar?
    claracogito claracogito 26-30, F May 25

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    My Story With MDD

    Since i was younger i always liked to pretend that i was someone else thats cooler and i had famous characters from tv and stuff like that. The one i remember the most was when i was dating Robin from Teen Titans well because i guess i had a crush on him. I would pace up and...
    Lani143 Lani143 13-15, F 1 Response May 1, 2013

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    For the longest time I've been trying to

    concentrate on schoolwork, but one thing leads to another causing me to think about what would happen if this or that happened. I kid you not, sometimes I can go to the point where I lose touch with reality. I can sometimes think to myself how I should be focusing, but then me...
    terrablast765 terrablast765 16-17 1 Response May 5

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    I am a 48 year old gay man,

    as a boy I was abused physically, emotionally and sexually, my mom left when I was 14, my dad when I was 17, I do not remember much of my childhood, I don't remember the names or faces of any of my teachers or childhood friends, I can remember most things from 16 forward, I...
    waltermittytoo waltermittytoo 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I have a question. How do I know

    if I have Maladaptive Daydreaming? What makes me think I have MD is because... 1. I daydream a lot. As in even whether I'm just walking from my room to the kitchen, or if I'm walking with my friends (sometimes; I would be half daydreaming and half listening to the conversation...
    iridexent iridexent 18-21 2 Responses Jun 28

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    it has gotten so much worse.

    I screwed up at work. My daydreaming is now showing up in public and it needs to stop. Im freaking out.
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    I really want to be able to talk about it to my

    doctors but they don't know what it is. I don't want other people to have to deal with MD as I did, without any help or anyone knowing what's going on. That's why I started a petition for the legal recognization of Maladaptive Daydreaming as a disorder. https://www.change...
    realdisneyprincess realdisneyprincess 16-17, F Jul 15

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    I think this stems from

    when I was really young. The ages between 2-5. I didn't really live near many children, so I usually just played with my toys by myself. I was told I was always talking to myself, but my family saw it as normal for a kid my age. I remember In pre-K I didn't have many friends, as...
    Sarahlee566 Sarahlee566 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    ChortlesOfDoom ChortlesOfDoom 13-15, F Jul 5

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    Maladaptive Disorder

    I'm so glad to have found a name for this. Ever since me and my childhood best friend created a game of "it" where we would pretend to be 20 years old with perfect lives, perfect boyfriends, perfect everything. I was about six at the time and we used to make up stories and act...
    Paulinana Paulinana 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    I thought I was the only one.

    Does anyone else daydream about their ideal self in ideal situations? It seems most people have fictional characters but my daydreams are always based on the version of me I wish I was, and people I know who adore that version of me. I know it's so narcissistic. It means I...
    jourdenne jourdenne 22-25, F 5 Responses May 4

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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 1 Response Oct 25, 2012

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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 want to experience a real relationship with

    someone instead of dreaming it. I came somewhat close to it once. It felt super awesome. But when he graduated, I didn't want to let that feeling go. I love the way I felt during that time. So...I started daydreaming about him, even after he left, even after he clearly friend...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 22

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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 18-21, M 4 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    Daydreaming - A Gift Or A Curse

    Hello fellow dreamers! I discovered that I am likely to have maladaptive daydreaming.(And I was suprized too!) While I see that many of the shared stories include problems caused by the lack of controll over it my experience tends to be a little different. I hope I can help...
    Smilingcrescentmoon Smilingcrescentmoon 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    I'm not sure if I'm a maladaptive daydreamer

    or not. I started daydreaming heavily about a year ago, I would just pace around in circles literally for hours (at most 3 hours). I create scenarios in my head about me in a different (parallel universe) life. In this 'world' I have a significant other and I daydream about life...
    DarkestUnicorn DarkestUnicorn 13-15, F 2 Responses May 29

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    When i told my new friend about my MD he

    supported me, he still does now. It has been 4 or 5 months since I first told someone my big secret. He recently did a report for his class over MD. I am happy for that. People will know what this is. He did is report very well. He understands what we are going though.
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    Although honestly, I might call it adaptive

    daydreaming in my own case. Like any compulsion (is that what they consider it to be? I can't remember) it can get to affecting your life, but mine hasn't yet gotten there. It's one of my many coping mechanisms and one of the few that doesn't have a negative impact. I've always...
    nyysfg27 nyysfg27 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    I haven't posted in a while

    but for those who want to know how brain therapy works, and is working for me at least, this is an update. I've been in neurofeedback therapy for about 8 weeks now. I know you probably just want to know the results but it is imperative that you understand the process if this is...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Jun 1

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    I just discovered the name

    for what I have and it's overwhelming. I always knew I was different from my friends, but I didn't know there were other people who daydreamed like I did. I started taking Zoloft months ago and my daydreams stopped. I can't even force myself to have them. Now I'm kinda in...
    Kiki92471 Kiki92471 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 26

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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 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    I also have combined ADHD.

    I have all types of daydreams. Love, adventure, saving people, video game types, making up scenarios about real things in my life and playing them out, leadership, betrayal hurt, etc. Just everything. I do enjoy my many worlds but I really want to live in this one. It is very...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 1 Response May 31

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    Is the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

    about MD? Explain why many people think so?
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Frankly, I don't think I'm really "suffering.

    " I love my daydreams, and they help me deal with my life that I am definitely not enjoying. So far I don't think it's really affected me in the way I deal with life, I think it's kind of like when I sit to watch movies or television on Netflix. It's like my way of escaping when...
    rushmoer rushmoer 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    I could never put my hand in it.

    I never knew it had a name. I've built in my imagination worlds that could never be. But they are nevertheless more beautiful than my here and now.
    alexiadahl alexiadahl 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I cant explain it. When I am dreaming Im

    so happy and I never saw it as a bad thing because it felt real to me. But every time when I went back to school or some social event, it got really depressing.
    kim679290 kim679290 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 4

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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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    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

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    Hmmm. I didn't really know

    if this was a thing. I used to do this. Still do to some degree. But it's not nearly as often. It started when I was younger, very young. Maybe between the ages of 8 and 10. I wouldn't imagine myself, but fictional people. The girl was always in some beautiful romance and she...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 2 Responses May 25

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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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    Just found out about this.

    It's nice to know I'm not crazy. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with this excessive daydreaming. It's too damn addictive. I hate how much I depend on it to feel calm, but then again.. I love the comfort it gives me. I don't know when I started with it, as long as...
    EiramZaid EiramZaid 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 20

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    I've posted this as a comment,

    but it really should be a story. So i'm making it one, here it is: I'm pretty sure I've suffered from this since about third grade, when my mom was severely depressed and my parents had a lot of problems. However, it became terrible when they finally divorced. I couldn't control...
    cxc4ever cxc4ever 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2013

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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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    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 4 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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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 5 Responses Jul 28, 2011

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    I didn't even know something

    as 'Maladaptive Daydreaming' even existed! It started out when I was about 12 (I'm 14 now) and it wasn't very often and didn't last long but as days went by i started daydreaming more and more. That was also around the time I had gotten into multiple crazy dramatic T.V. shows...
    MariaSophia13 MariaSophia13 13-15, F Jul 5

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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 3 Responses Jan 29

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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 25 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    Okay, I've daydreamed

    for as long as I can remember. So probably since I was like 5 or somewhere around that age. I always have daydreamed more than the average person but it didn't bother me that much until I turned 10-11. Once I hit those ages it got worse. I've always been a 4.0 student but the...
    thoseinsomniacnights thoseinsomniacnights 13-15, F Jul 6

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    I've only recently found out what was wrong

    with me, and it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my life that there are other people who do this as much as I do. However its still a secret from everyone in my life, I've only mentioned vaguely to a close friend that I 'spin around a lot' and she looked at me with...
    quilladin quilladin 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    It's back. I came to college

    and my day dreaming went to a minimum but after almost completing a full year of college and joining clubs, pledging a sorority, being busy with classes, I cant stop. I need to get it together. I need help..
    Onemoredreamer Onemoredreamer 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 30

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