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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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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 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 Apr 19

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    First of all, I want to thank the person

    who created this group, it's good to not be on your own... I'm grateful that people in this world will listen to me with their attentive ears. Sooo.. Here's my story: I'm someone who has practiced maladaptive daydreaming since I was 7. I remember because I was punished a lot...
    anacastlebeach anacastlebeach 13-15 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I just discovered this today.

    and I absolutely cannot believe that other people do this. I have been going this from as long as I can remember starting in childhood. I was always a very very shy little Girl in school so shy I was afraid to talk in school resulting in my being afraid time even ask for the...
    26telly 26telly 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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 30 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    I hate the fact that I am suffering from MD.

    Its constantly interfering with my actual life.I prefer to stay in my imaginative world rather than my real world and this is destroying my life.
    pin97 pin97 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 14

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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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    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 Apr 19

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 Apr 19

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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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    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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    guyz..i nvr thought i would found da name

    or pple who jst like me..im also a maladaptive daydreamer.. it has been like 6 years for dt..nw itz getting really bad bvuz im doing it evn in my study time.i cnnt concerntrate for a second..plz..help me if anyone can..
    sfsan sfsan 18-21 2 Responses Mar 30

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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'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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 1 Response Apr 22

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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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    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 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 Apr 17

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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 Apr 18

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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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    Daydreaming my life away I basically live in a

    fantasy world. Some days I'm happy about things that didn't happen. oh well that's how it goes I guess.
    erasemyexistence93 erasemyexistence93 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 27

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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 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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    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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    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 2 Responses Apr 1

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    ....Never could I have guessed

    that I had that... But the more I researched it, the more it made sense. Holy crap... I might just be suffering from maladaptive Daydreaming. Hell! That would explain the daydreaming for the longest periods of time (half an hour to 1h, without even noticing). The constant...
    jlove987 jlove987 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 6

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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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    I just found out about MD a week ago

    and I didn't think my daydreaming was much of a problem till then. Now that I think about it, I've wasted a lot of my potential and energy and time just living as a character in my head. It has gotten so bad that I don't know who I am anymore. I feel so lost. I know I have to...
    Oneirophobic Oneirophobic 18-21, F Feb 24

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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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    I am almost 30 and I am a maladaptive

    daydreamer. For the longest time I'd never heard of this. I had a complete moment of disbelief, thinking,"There's a NAME for it?!" It really began for me around age 14 or 15. I had always been able to escape through books and in particular, comic books. I admired the strong...
    theforeverstory theforeverstory 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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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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    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 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 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 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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    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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