I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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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

    So... I'm just going to write truthfully about

    my experience because I've never told anyone. This is going to be long. I suffer from MDD, obviously. I've had this about three years and I spend between 60 and 90% of my waking time in a daydream every day without exception. I have tried many times to quit but I've always been...
    d1sc0rdant d1sc0rdant
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 26

    I've had MDD since as far back

    as second grade. I've never told anyone else about it, because it's probably the most embarrassing thing I do. I don't have the kind of relationships where I tell others everything about myself, even my best friends, because as all of you know, this is some pretty weird sh*t...
    daydreamer4166 daydreamer4166
    16-17
    1 Response Mar 23

    It started when I was maybe 11.

    I had just moved away from my best friend to a new school and everything in my life was going bad. No one was nice to me, I was lonely and lived in a small apartment with my parents and grandparents. I was also not adapting well with the move, so I just started day dreaming...
    SaintInHell SaintInHell
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 19, 2015

    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, 2015

    I have a dream world

    that I pretty much live by. Everything I do daily makes me think of scenarios that might happen there. The world I've created even has main characters that feel real to me. I know every detail about them and I'm in love with one of them. In this dream world, I'm an orphan who's...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Jun 9, 2015

    I have been daydreaming

    for as long as i remember. I daydream about a character from a book or tv show that i am currently watching. I add my own backstory or create new stories based off of them. Like fanfiction only without the writing. I have many of these daydreams with different characters and...
    Sparky90 Sparky90
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 14, 2015

    This is my story. I've been a constant

    Daydreamer since I was born. As a kid my family would catch me daydreaming and make fun of me, if they were in a good mood. But it was also hard for me to take directions. My mother would always get angry at me whenever I could not follow her directions. She would scold me...
    slothtolerance slothtolerance
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 4

    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
    10 Responses Nov 4, 2013

    I'm 16 and I didn't know this was a thing

    until I started questioning what in the world I was actually doing. I'm a very social person with just one friend though I do speak to everyone army school. It's hard for me because I like to socialize but I have no one to socialize with considering I only see my friend at...
    dontluppinyellatme dontluppinyellatme
    16-17, F
    Apr 3

    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

    I' feel like i need to write this out.

    Ive had maladaptive daydreaming since I was 5 years old.And no I'm 20. I don't know what caused it,but I think it's because when I was young I grew up with my mom yelling all the time and me being alone always in my room.There really isn't a day that I don't daydream,when I had a...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 6

    Hi everyone! I'm totally new here,

    just signed up and all that because i found out about MD just yesterday and i really wanted to talk about it with someone.Well here's my story: I think i've been daydreaming since i was 15 or 16?! but not everyday maybe every month or something when i would feel alone. BUT for...
    kalliakv kalliakv
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 2

    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
    16-17
    5 Responses Oct 17, 2014

    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
    4 Responses Aug 21, 2014

    After realizing the damage

    that maladaptive daydreaming has done to me, I've decided that I'm going to give everything I have to move on from this. There are some who can live with this and continue to have a fulfilling life but I feel like the only thing that maladaptive daydreaming has done is make...
    knights40 knights40
    22-25, F
    Apr 11

    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

    I've been doing this

    since I was around eight or nine years old. I'm sixteen now. I think it started because I was lonely in Primary School as I was bullied badly. It was a way for me to escape the harsh world and be this popular, powerful archeologist with magical powers (ikr XD). Currently, I...
    sami16 sami16
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Mar 15

    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

    I'm somewhat thinking of writing my daydream

    down. The only problem is that I change my dream so much I don't think I would ever be done writing. I also cannot keep up with it enough to write it down.... I'm also quite afraid of what others would say about it, my daydream is really messed up and even scares me sometimes...
    CosmicPoison CosmicPoison
    16-17, F
    Jan 2

    I recently saw a quiz

    that was titled, "Are You a Maladaptive Daydreamer?" and I was like, hey, what's that? So I clicked on the link and went through the quiz. The result said that I answered the highest on every question and am most certainly a maladaptive daydreamer. I decided to do some more...
    DoctorMerlinReid DoctorMerlinReid
    16-17, F
    Mar 28

    Quitting MDD - my story Hi friends!

    I posted about quitting MDD a couple months ago and just wanted to give everyone an update and offer whatever help I can. I have been working on recovering from MDD for the past several months and have not done it at all in over a month now. I don't want to give the...
    BuddhistAddict BuddhistAddict
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 4

    I didn't even know there was a term

    for what I've been going through. I daydream everyday. I daydream in class, when I'm headed to school on the train, and before I go to sleep. My daydreaming is kind of pathetic. Most of the time I daydream about what I wish i was like. Beautiful, smart, outspoken, and confident...
    ManiacNextDoor ManiacNextDoor
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 15

    I have been day dreaming

    since I was three years old. I think I even remember it started when I was watching a movie and I began making up fantasies involving the characters from it in my head and it grew from there. I used to call it "cartoon thinking" and I even tried describing it to my Mom once, but...
    Lauraverne Lauraverne
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 30, 2015

    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

    Daydreaming has been constant

    and uncontrollable for me since elementary school. There are times when I'm overjoyed that I have the ability to withdraw from reality so easily and times when I become extremely critical of this part of myself. Does maladaptive daydreaming disorder ever go away, or will I...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jan 7

    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
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 7, 2014

    I remember when I was about 13 years old

    and my father walked into my room and caught me staring at a picture of a boy glued to my wall only and inch away from my face. He thought it was funny.. to him I was a teenager, having my first celebrity crush. My head was spinning... I did not giggle.... I did not even...
    mrwoman mrwoman
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 21

    It's a better version of my current life.

    First of all, I am from Austria (Europe), so if there's someone nearby I'd love to hear from them (everyone else is welcome too of course :) ) And I apologize for any grammar mistakes I make. When I daydream I tend to turn on some music and pace/jump in circles in my room. My...
    SophiexFrost SophiexFrost
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 29

    So this is going to be really long,

    but I've never shared it before, even to a friend, and I really wanna just get it all out there. I'd love to chat with anyone who's had a similar experience. I learned that what I suffer from is MD (it actually has a name! I don't know if I'm relieved or freaked out) about an...
    Sibbygrey Sibbygrey
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Oct 5, 2015

    you ever do something really weird

    and you wonder if other people do it to? but your to embarrassed to ask? because you don't feel what you do is normal? I never day dreamed really until I hit the age of 5 or 6 it wasn't even constant at first just anytime I was grounded I would just sit and try to entertain...
    dreamaddict96 dreamaddict96
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 29

    I am new to this website I just fount it a

    couple of days ago and I finally know what this is I have been dealing with almost my whole life. I am a 15 year old girl and I have been daydreaming since I was like 7 or 8. When I was younger it was simple daydreams like 'If I were invisible for a day what would I do' and...
    ES34 ES34
    16-17, F
    Mar 16

    It has now been 12 hours

    since I have talked about MDD for the first time ever sice I started MDD-ing 9 years ago. It has been liberating, and my brain has been working this out without stopping. I never gave my brain a chance to even think about it before. It was either too embrassing, or I would...
    mrwoman mrwoman
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 22

    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
    14 Responses Aug 23, 2012

    I love it to be honest.

    I think for me it's been more a beautiful gift than a curse. :-)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Mar 16

    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
    51 Responses Nov 27, 2010

    I have been doing this all my life

    and I have no idea why I started. All I know is that at about 9 I realized that it wasn't normal and started hiding it, since then I've always kind of incorporated it into my day like anything else. I've always wondered what is wrong with me, I saw it as something only I did...
    KioCoco KioCoco
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 22

    I don't feel like I'm suffering.

    I can't imagine my life without this "illness." I'm grateful for it everyday. It's made me creative and I have placed to go when I'm sad/lonely/bored.
    Rajieta Rajieta
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 13, 2015

    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
    15 Responses Oct 29, 2013

    My life has always been a complete

    rollercoaster. I am a 19 year old freshman in college, who wants to major in graphic arts. I have Asperger syndrome, Bipolar, ADHD, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I found out that I have MD about a month ago, but I refused to fully acknowledge it until now. I just saw my...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Jan 28

    Dear group member,The research on maladaptive

    daydreaming (MD) is progressing nicely and we are currently collecting data for a new study with the aim to refine the MD diagnosis process. This is a goal important to you and all other group members because without proper reliable diagnosis we cannot hope to get MD recognised...
    somereli somereli
    61-65, M
    1 Response Feb 14

    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

    I just found out that there is a name

    for what I thought was my own special kind of crazy. And even if I am crazy it is extremely comforting to know that I am not alone in my suffering and confusion, even if you all are technically strangers lol. I've always lived in my own world but the daydreaming has gotten so...
    availableusername9 availableusername9
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 25, 2015

    I wouldn't really say suffer.

    I love my daydreams. I'd rather be a professional assassin, a queen, a noblewoman.
    DaydreamGirl25 DaydreamGirl25
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 3, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Nov 25, 2013
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 12

    maybe this is stupid

    but my mom always blamed my daydreaming on being a Pisces. I don't one hundred percent believe in astrology but out of curiosity how many maladaptive day dreamers are Pisces..?
    nikkipearson nikkipearson
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jan 5

    Oh wow! Today is a huge day

    for me! Not only have I found out that the thing I have has a name (although not officially medically recognised) but others have it too, AND THERE'S A SUPPORT GROUP?! I'm so happy right now!! I want to talk about my experience and I hope someone is able to relate to it and find...
    iWILLhaveagreatlife iWILLhaveagreatlife
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 19, 2015

    i think im a maladaptive daydreamer.

    when i first discovered the term, i was so surprised and happy because i thought i was the only one that daydreams excessively. all the symtomps i read in the internet apply to me. i honestly think of this as a blessing though, despite most people thinks of this as a “curse...
    ollyvia ollyvia
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 8

    I have made up hundreds of characters in my

    head. I sometimes write pages and pages of notes about them. They all belong to little stories. I also let lengthy conversations play out in my head, with real people. Conversations that never come close to happening, but seem so real. I'll zone out thinking about when I die too...
    rainandbooks rainandbooks
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Jan 3

    I just discovered that this is a real issue,

    and that I am not alone in my obsession thanks to this site. I have been MDing since middle school at least, I try not to count younger years because I believe most children (especially only-child kids) probably day dream often. I dont plan on admitting the type of DDs I have...
    krazylilmeow krazylilmeow
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2014

    I suffer from Maladaptive Daydreaming.

    It actually has a name. Until now I just called it my "overactive imagination about epic tales of cool characters from books, movies, and stuff". I guess MDD sounds better. I never noticed my day dreaming tendencies until a few days which made me Google if it was normal. Turns...
    Falloutgirl98 Falloutgirl98
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 27, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 1, 2015

    I don't “suffer” from it,

    I enjoy it. Life would be way too boring without it.
    Offing Offing
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    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

    I started daydreaming

    when I was young, just out of boredom. I never realized it was abnormal until I was in about grade 7 or 8 and I realized I was a little to old to be having these daydreams. I always thought it was something that I would eventually just grow out of. I am now 21 and I still do...
    Sar94 Sar94
    22-25
    2 Responses Feb 27

    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
    1 Response Apr 1, 2015

    I have had maladaptive daydreaming

    for as long as I can remember(since preschool) I generally keep it a secret except I once told my mother, who found me some info so I now no that there are others like me. I also told my therapist, but she said I didn't have it since I haven't gone through trauma. But my...
    icecreamlover34 icecreamlover34
    13-15
    Mar 23

    Hi my name is Ella and I'm 16 I've been

    daydreaming since I was 6/7 I think, it has gotten really hard now! It's the same story since I was 10 and as I get older it gets more challenging): I have this one person in my daydreams his name is David and I am so in love with him I have daydreamed about him making love to...
    LoveTheSongWhoThatGirl LoveTheSongWhoThatGirl
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 8
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