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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    The Psychologist suggested

    that my MD ( they didn't have that name for it back then) served a purpose for me or else I would have given it up long ago. She said it was common in someone that had suffered abuse at a very early age. If that is the case I have blocked it out. MD is a stress reliever. It...
    spaceyrick spaceyrick 56-60, M Feb 21

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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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    I had this since I was a kid.

    I used to imagine different scenarios and put myself in it the way i wanted. I always could differentiate reality from theses scenarios. I always made sure that no one was around, because sometimes i used to dance or maybe enact something from my favorite superhero movie. I...
    Houuse Houuse 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 21

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses Feb 21

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    sal765 sal765 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 22

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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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    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 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 Jan 24

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    I don't know if what I've been doing would be

    considered Maladaptive Daydreaming because it's not really centered around me. I'll get lost in these worlds centered around a T.V. show I watch called Supernatural, but what happens in my head isn't what happens in the show. I'll think of the characters as real people even...
    Englandsgirl1818 Englandsgirl1818 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 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 4 days ago

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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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    ...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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    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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    Its getting harder everyday

    and the impulse to daydream is getting bigger since I've tried stopping. My mother and i were never really close considering she was always working and never had time for me. I finally convinced my self that after 9 years, i would tell her that was going on in my world. Why i...
    jennixlo jennixlo 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 25

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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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    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 6 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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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 1 Response Dec 23, 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 10 Responses Oct 29, 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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    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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    I can't remember when it started

    but it has always been there. When I played with my dolls, when I was trying to sooth myself before bed, when I was taking a long road trip, when I am just home alone. I don't stay in reality and until recently it didn't bother me. Then I stopped wanting to even reply to my...
    DeadWifes DeadWifes 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 24

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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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    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 3 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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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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    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 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 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    sleepyphotograher sleepyphotograher 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    iam suffering from maladaptive daydreaming

    since I was a child I didn't notice until now because I enjoy it iam always alone have no friends only anime character but now I have to study but I can't focus how to control it?and why people saying theu regret it? I enjoy it will I regret in the future?
    whiterose2 whiterose2 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 13

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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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    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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    So I was just curious,

    where do you all live? I'm from Toronto, Ontario!
    RichardAndon RichardAndon 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    I have dealt with MD all my life

    and I can say it probably closed some doors for me. It was impossible to hide. I can daydream about anything at any time. I often zone out during conversations and the person I am talking to can tell I am not there anymore. It has gotten me unwanted attention throughout...
    spaceyrick spaceyrick 56-60, M Feb 21

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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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    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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    I'm 16 and i've had really elaborate daydreams

    very often since i was quite young. I'll be listening to music or sometimes just staring into space and i'll be in my own little world. I sometimes find my leg shaking or my hand making a circular motion, i will also smile, cry or even laugh if something funny happens in the...
    HighlandHeather HighlandHeather 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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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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    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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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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 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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    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 44 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    I was seriously abused

    as a child.I started to daydream to cope with my environment and twenty years later I spend most of my day daydreaming. Even when I am talking to other people I daydream that someone else is there as emotional support and comfort. This week I have started trying to force myself...
    abwill314 abwill314 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 6

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