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I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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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 4 Responses Jul 19, 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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    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...
    biancadreamweaver biancadreamweaver 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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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 dreaming was wired till now. I thought everyone did it, it's only today I found out that this thing even had a name. I feel so...
    steen20 steen20 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 23

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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 even able to study and read for a few hours, and enjoy a walk in the park without daydreaming. I still have MD, but ever...
    goagainsttheflow goagainsttheflow 18-21, F Jan 24

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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 this while either listening to music out loud, earphones or sometimes with non at all. Sometimes I find myself making facial expressions to go...
    0Iivia 0Iivia 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 7

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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 get it, my teachers never got it and I felt as if I was alone. this sucks. Attitude helps. Drugs help sometimes. When real life...
    Starjammer Starjammer 41-45, M Mar 24

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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 these whole intricate stories play out in my head, I would talk out loud and a lot of times, my stories had crazy plot twists...
    yourguardianangel9613 yourguardianangel9613 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 6

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    Recently my MD has started to keep me up

    until about 3 in the morning which is really irritating but i can't stop. its like a drug to me
    cxc4ever cxc4ever 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 15

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    I hate that I have this disorder

    but when I'm doing it, I think i'm happy sometimes. My "form" of this is so bad, I actually act out my day dreams. I'm talking literally in my head making up this scenario and acting it out as if I was an actress. I have been doing this since I was probably 6 which is why I have...
    kara323 kara323 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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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 and they want to give it up.ChildhoodI have had Maladaptive Daydreaming for as long as I can remember. I...
    beefcakes beefcakes 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 11, 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 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 3 Responses Nov 5, 2013

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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 some "safe" questions out when I was much younger just to get a feel for what others thought about daydreams, but ... this isn't something that I was...
    LostInThought4Yrs LostInThought4Yrs 36-40 5 Responses Feb 1, 2013

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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 3 Responses Jan 10

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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 struggle with this. I think I have reached bad points with this periodically throughout my life; I am now enduring one of those "bad points". I...
    ICAKNG47 ICAKNG47 18-21 1 Response Mar 11

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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 3 Responses Oct 29, 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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    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 maladaptive daydreaming. He was able to tell me things I knew but never mentioned by feeling pressure points on my head, and asking me to...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 14

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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 tend to do a lot of pacing when I daydream. When I was younger I would dribble a basketball (Sometimes i would play with the goal...
    mart7206 mart7206 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 3

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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 maladaptive daydreaming. He was able to tell me things I knew but never mentioned by feeling pressure points on my head, and asking me to...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Mar 14

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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 23 Responses Aug 26, 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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    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 abuse but also managing the daydreaming problem. For some, daydreaming is a not a problem, for me it can be at times. I searched the web...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Jan 27

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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 2 Responses Feb 20

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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 4 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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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 at school, so finding comfort in a fantasy world was a great escape. I'd talk to a friend who respected me in every way and loved me for...
    nicoled90 nicoled90 18-21 15 Responses Mar 29, 2011

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    Does Anyone Else With Mdd Also Get Really Paranoid, Have Severe Headaches, Or Feel Braindead?

    does anyone else with MDD also get really paranoid, have severe headaches, or feel braindead?
    lockedupgirl lockedupgirl 18-21, F 9 Responses Sep 13, 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 3 Responses Dec 28, 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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    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 3 or 4 my mom was playing some music on a stereo with big speakers 4 some reason I had a erge 2 spin so I grab a...
    Disasterking Disasterking 22-25, M 6 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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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 sleep. And during school I was never listening, opting to daydream instead. At first I thought it was kinda normal, but...
    Siren10 Siren10 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 25

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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 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 myself late for work or school because of how much I daydream. I had no idea that anyone else suffered from this, or...
    MsGardevoir MsGardevoir 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 27

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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 probably around 6 years old - I very vividly recall bouncing all over my living room sofas with a little snake in my house role...
    Charlotteee89 Charlotteee89 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

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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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    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 12 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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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 this unusual (and honestly shameful) habit of mine would be given a name and to find others who share this same condition. I've...
    ata07d ata07d 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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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 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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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 the punchline on all jokes forever and ever amen. If someone feels thier family is not supportive and has a problem like this then it...
    Ishtaria Ishtaria 41-45, F Jan 27

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    When I was a child, the earliest memory of my

    daydreams was my dragon called Raptos. I believe I created him around five years old. He was small enough to lay on my child head but he always had a moody, snippy behavior but adored me. He would grunt and snort my bad behaviors or lightly pop me in the head with his tail or...
    Rosethewolf Rosethewolf 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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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 is only mine. I love it but no one else. I have no wife, no kids. Adderall brought me out for a while but it can't last taking that crap. I...
    Starjammer Starjammer 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 24

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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 help and join this support group.
    MissStralight MissStralight 22-25, F Jan 30

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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 since I was very young.I always preferred playing by myself and my pets than other kids.Which I always thought was strange behavior..But when I got...
    Holliedream Holliedream 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 2, 2012

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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 maladaptive daydreaming. He was able to tell me things I knew but never mentioned by feeling pressure points on my head, and asking me to...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F Mar 14

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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 1 Response Nov 21, 2012

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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 want to do my work because it was just easier to daydream. I started writing my daydreams down as stories I filled a whole spiral less than a...
    Dreamer122554 Dreamer122554 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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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 young age for making these odd gestures with my hands almost like a current of electricity was running though them. I wouldn't even be aware of...
    cooper200 cooper200 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 6

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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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    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 33 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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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 2 Responses Dec 5, 2013

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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 2 Responses Jan 29

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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 was 5 years old. I was in a good school, already learning how to add and I was good at it. we were called to the table and the teachers were...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 23

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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 having those vivid, extensive fantasies since I was a kid. And I have always been ashamed of it. However, I must admit that it...
    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 combination of lack of focus and anxiety. those show up the most on my brain map, and the pacing comes form also combining with...
    gaaradreamer gaaradreamer 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7