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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    So... ever since I was a child (of course) I have had a pretty consistent issue with daydreaming. Until today, I didn't realize there was an entire community of people who also...
    ICAKNG47 ICAKNG47 18-21 1 Response Mar 11

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    Coming Out Of The Maladaptive Daydreaming "Closet" - This is absolutely nerve-wracking. I'm at the 4 decade mark, and I've NEVER discussed this with anybody before. I know I put...
    LostInThought4Yrs LostInThought4Yrs 36-40 5 Responses Feb 1, 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...
    PamAna PamAna 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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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...
    RedSmile RedSmile 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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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...
    kaylamayla kaylamayla 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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    Ahhh.So Its Called Maladaptive Daydreaming.. - I'm so glad I found out that I'm not the only one out there with this disassociation.I am an only child,and have been daydreaming...
    Holliedream Holliedream 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 2, 2012

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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...
    therararabbit therararabbit 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    I am 18 years old. I can't remember not constantly Daydreaming. I liked being different and thought I had a better imagination than everyone else until something happened when I...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 23

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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...
    imaddicted imaddicted 18-21, F 22 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    I have a lot of stuff going for me. My only problem is that I have a hard time relating to people prolly due to this. I was subject to some physical abuse when I was younger. I...
    mart7206 mart7206 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I'm not daydreaming...this...this a miracle! Daydreaming kind of makes me nervous. I feel so at ease, now. In fact, I was able to pay attention in college for a whole week. I was...
    goagainsttheflow goagainsttheflow 18-21, F Jan 24

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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...
    AlexDreamsItAway AlexDreamsItAway 22-25 4 Responses Oct 8, 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...
    Smilingcrescentmoon Smilingcrescentmoon 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    I thought I was alone with this. I didn't know what it was called, though. I find myself addicted to daydreaming.
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 6

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    I don't remember how or when I started daydreaming. I just know that it had always been this way. I find it hard to pay attention in class or get my school work done. I often find...
    MsGardevoir MsGardevoir 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Daydreaming - I wouldn't say that I suffer from Maladaptive Daydreaming, I enjoy and I am able to control it.  I understand that for some people it isn't so easy to snap out of it...
    beefcakes beefcakes 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11, 2012

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    What is the difference between Imaginary Friends and Maladaptive Daydreaming? I've posted 6 videos on you tube so far as a form of gaining control and healing from not only child...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Jan 27

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    Should you tell your family about MD. Since my family wrote the book on "awful-ism" (if that's a word) I could not tell them about this. It would cause such a problem and me being...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Jan 27

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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...
    AZChomp644 AZChomp644 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 20, 2013

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    Hello. I just got back from seeing a neurologist about my Maladaptive daydreaming. He practices something called neuro-feedback therapy. It isn't very conventional but neither is...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Mar 14

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    Tonight has been an awakening. It started out researching about abnormal sleep patterns until this practically fell into my lap. Never in my wildest dreams-pun intended-did I think...
    ata07d ata07d 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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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...
    dulas5 dulas5 16-17 1 Response Oct 25, 2012

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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...
    blownaway20 blownaway20 18-21, F 33 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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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...
    Handed Handed 41-45, F 12 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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    Hey I'm in collage right now final year trying to get through my dissertation. I've spent all day today daydreaming from I got up till now. I never really thought that my day...
    steen20 steen20 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    Crazy Life - Well I don't know how to start I just know that I've been day dreaming long before I can rememberI mean I dream so much that I'm ignoring my life I remember when I was...
    Disasterking Disasterking 22-25, M 6 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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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...
    Lani143 Lani143 13-15, F 1 Response May 1, 2013

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    I finally found it it out thank you all I thought I was crazy, no one understands this as it is almost impossible to explain to others. I have wasted my life in an other world that...
    Starjammer Starjammer 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 24

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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...
    seungwon seungwon 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 27, 2012

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    I suffer Maladaptive Daydreaming since I was 10 years old. I've been losing hours, days even weekdays in daydreaming. Daydreaming is destroying my life. But, I've decided to get...
    MissStralight MissStralight 22-25, F Jan 30

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    I can't keep a job for more than a few years. I get really depressed. I have started many things and never finished them unless they apply to my internal daydream. My mom didn't...
    Starjammer Starjammer 41-45, M Mar 24

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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...
    EiramZaid EiramZaid 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 20

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    I am 15 and have been pacing/skipping/running around my house (rarely other people's though sometimes I cannot help it) for the past 4-5 years (since I was about 10) and I would do...
    0Iivia 0Iivia 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 7

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    Hello. I just got back from seeing a neurologist about my Maladaptive daydreaming. He practices something called neuro-feedback therapy. It isn't very conventional but neither is...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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...
    completelyuncharted completelyuncharted 16-17 4 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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    Hiiiii! Now where do I start?! Since finding out there was even such thing as MD I'm now feeling very self conscious about the fact I do it! It's something I've done since I was...
    Charlotteee89 Charlotteee89 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    Confession Of A Daydreamer - (sorry for my English, not a native speaker)Reading experiences shared here was one of the best things that ever happened to me, seriously.I have been...
    mstvu mstvu 22-25, M Mar 23, 2013

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    I finally got my brain map. It turns out I had a minor traumatic brain injury, however nothing directly explains the daydreaming. The neurologist believes it comes from a...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Hello. I just got back from seeing a neurologist about my Maladaptive daydreaming. He practices something called neuro-feedback therapy. It isn't very conventional but neither is...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Mar 14

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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...
    El92 El92 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 10

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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...
    Paulinana Paulinana 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    I've always had my own little fantasies and daydreamed a lot when I was a kid. Even when I was in third grade I spent recess when mostly everyone had outgrown their imaginary...
    Skylarrose322 Skylarrose322 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 13

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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...
    biancadreamweaver biancadreamweaver 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    Omg! This is a real thing! I've been getting into these daydreams for years. I only told maybe three people about it, ever. I thought I was just being overdramatic. I would have...
    yourguardianangel9613 yourguardianangel9613 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 6

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    The Girl In A Never Ending Daydream. - I've been suffering from maladaptive daydreaming for as long as I can remember. I've always had trouble making friends and often got bullied...
    nicoled90 nicoled90 18-21 15 Responses Mar 29, 2011

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    I've been making some progress with my problem. I find that my daydreams are not very frequent when I'm in front of people. Its usually only comes to me when I'm alone. So I try...
    kalila37 kalila37 18-21, F Mar 29

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    Ever since I was a kid I had always been more interested in the worlds I could create in my head than what was actually going on around me. I would be taunted and teased at a very...
    cooper200 cooper200 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 6

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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...
    Starbaby1985 Starbaby1985 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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    I never realized I suffered from this till a short while ago. I just thought every teenager daydreamed. Then I realized I would zone out when my friends would talk to me. I didn't...
    Dreamer122554 Dreamer122554 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I'm not exactly sure when it started but it's really been cutting into my normal life. At night I would just sit in bed for hours daydreaming before finally being able to go to...
    Siren10 Siren10 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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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...
    PansMusicBox PansMusicBox 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2012

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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...
    Kurtface Kurtface 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2012