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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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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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    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'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 Jul 19

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    I have had maladaptive daydreaming

    for as long as I can remember. And I don't just have it... I have it bad. When I go into my own world it's usually based on fantasy books, series or movies that I've just read or watched. I often change the plot so that my daydreams can have continuity. When I'm in my world I...
    Dreamingitaway Dreamingitaway 22-25, M 1 Response 53 mins ago

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    I had not even realized this was a thing

    until just recently. I've always daydreamed, or dreamed at night, and I would almost always remember bits and pieces of dreams after waking up. It never bothered me. I thought it was normal, after all. To be honest I did not even know of the condition known as maladaptive...
    mimameid mimameid 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    I took a quiz online on whether

    or not I'm a maladaptive daydreamer, after having read about it online. According to this test, I'm in the very highest ranks of it. The problem is, i don't exactly go into a trance, but it's often induced because of listening to music and I do it frequently throughout the day...
    AlisinWndrland AlisinWndrland 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 8

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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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    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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    Hi.. I actually found about this just

    now .. I never new there is such thing .. but i always had this daydreaming problem .. I honstley don't remember when it started , i guess i'm daydreaming since vey early childhood , I was laways dreaming everything in my life ..almost everything cause me to daydream ,but mostly...
    dewan5 dewan5 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 25

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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'm so glad I'm not the only one!

    And I'm also happy that there's actually a name for this. :) First off, when I'm typically daydreaming, I have it set to music. I have whole playlists dedicated to these fantasies in my head. And the majority of the music is scores from various movies. My compulsive behavior is...
    thray thray 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 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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    I have a whole other life in my head

    that I've never told anyone about. This is the first time I've in any way acknowledged it. Unlike many experiences I've read it doesn't involve superpowers or magic or anything impossible. It has a semi-continuous storyline and I go there every day. I've had this little world...
    Dreamingofchange Dreamingofchange 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    So one day I googled 'How to stop Daydreaming'

    because I had what felt like an obsession with daydreaming in a different life I lead in my head. I just put in my earphones and blasted my music and before I knew it, I was in a world of my own, while on the outside subconsciously shaking my hands and making facial expressions...
    jaddyxx jaddyxx 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 15

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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 5 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    Hey I just wanted to check

    if I have this or if im doing the google diagnosis thing, I tend to worry a lot in the past I’ve self-diagnosed myself with gingivitis and Asperger’s. if I do could u please say if you think its deadly and I should stop and please give suggestions of how to stop it. If...
    baddancer baddancer 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    Although I wouldn't use the word suffer.

    I've just recently discovered this condition, but the stories people have shared have related to me so powerfully, and I thought I'd share my own. Ever since I was little, I've always loved daydreaming. I used to watch TV shows and imagine my own stories for the characters...
    hannahbananad hannahbananad 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 9

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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

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    I didn't know this was a thing.

    I've always daydreamed, when i was really young i would spend hours outside in my own world. Creating complex stories and characters, it was my escape. Then as i got older i got more and more attached to music. I would lay in my room for hours sometimes all night just listening...
    WhosToSay WhosToSay 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 30

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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

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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 2 Responses Jul 15

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    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Aug 13

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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

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    I'm almost always distracted.

    I was grown in a pretty problematic family and beaten by them a lot, and remember my very first daydreams as a child were about "me making traps against them using the staff in my room."I had few friends during the school and i generally spent time on reading books and playing...
    SorryWhatDidYouSay SorryWhatDidYouSay 22-25 Aug 3

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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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    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Aug 13

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    hello im new in this site

    and this is my first story.. so pliz let me introduce myself.. im Taufik from Indonesia.. i just want to tell you that I'm a 19 yo man/boy who HAVE an "imaginary" Girlfriend. so she is somekind of ummm what shud I call it umm my "projection of mind".. her name is Gina Karlevia...
    ngentotyayahenak ngentotyayahenak 18-21, M Aug 13

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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 1 Response Jul 15

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    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Aug 13

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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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    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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    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Aug 13

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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 just found out the other day

    that there is a name for what I have been doing for the last two decades of my life. I found out by accident and it changed my life. I started imaging I was someone else when I was a child maybe around 11 years old. I would see a pretty girl or actress or singer and imagine...
    lifesnotarace lifesnotarace 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 22

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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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    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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    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 7 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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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 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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    I only found about me having this like a year

    ago. I only started doing something to help me control it in someway. But i will be honest....Before i found out about what this was...I didn't care about myself...about my life...about others....I grew up with this...lived every single day with this...talking to people in my...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 25

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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 have been noticing lately

    that I am daydreaming a lot, but now that I read more on MD, I think I definitely suffer from it. I have been daydreaming a lot as a child (I was an only child), but now I'm at university and my daydreaming is still as strong. I have basically created different lives for myself...
    morningbird morningbird 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 18

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    My daydreaming didn't really start happening

    until a couple of years ago. I became very introverted in school and because of that, I didn't have any friends and was very lonely. The loneliness led to daydreaming and it kept getting worse and worse. Now it has gotten to a point where I pace floors or my mouth will start...
    kbritton97 kbritton97 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 25

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    it started of simple daydreams.

    whenever I was in the car, I would always daydream about my favourite show and pretend that the show was real and I would daydream about my favourite couple from the show and stuff. when I was 12, I singed up for this reading and writing website called wattpad and I started...
    silentgirl1234 silentgirl1234 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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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 37 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    Since middle school and

    before entering high school, this problem has caused me a lot of social pains. I have trouble socializing, even having conversations. My school grades suffer because I have hardly any motivation to stay in reality, and it's sometimes hard to focus. Withdraw symptoms are...
    OperaG OperaG 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 1

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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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    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Aug 13

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    I am not sure if I suffer from MD.

    I had ADD as a child and I my personality is a little OC but I do not have obsessive compulsive disorder. When I was a child, I daydreamed from grade 1 through high school. I sat down in a class and the next thing I was aware of was the bell ending the class. Most often I...
    olddrive olddrive 36-40, F 1 Response Aug 11

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