I Suffer From Maladaptive Daydreaming

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    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, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    Apr 3, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    18-21
    1 Response Mar 23, 2016

    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
    16-17
    Mar 23, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 15, 2016

    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
    66-70, M
    1 Response Feb 14, 2016
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 12, 2016

    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
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 26, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 3, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    Jan 2, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 30, 2015

    My maladaptive daydreaming story is pretty long

    and I can never finish writing it because its so so painful sometimes just think about. I hate that I have it. I'm in the US looking for someone to talk about their experience :)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Dec 28, 2015

    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

    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

    I have been daydreaming

    since I was 4 , people have saw me laughing alone and doing weird stuff , I day dream that I'm one of the charachters in my favorite novel , and that I have his friends and his life , the problem is that I cant control it and I cant stop daydreaming at my classes I really wanna...
    yazedwaked yazedwaked
    16-17, M
    3 Responses Dec 7, 2015

    I've always kind of had a problem with zoning

    out into day dreams, as long as I can remember. I created a small world in my mind based off a book series I love that has ended. I created my own character that is like me, but better. She's got black hair and eyes (completely unlike myself) with her own backstory, not to...
    Musicislife03 Musicislife03
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2015

    So, usually my daydreams are,

    like, fanfiction. Typically, Black Butler. However, recently, I've been daydreaming about a certain scenario. I was a girl with a small frame, probably about 4'5". I had blonde hair, blue eyes, great complexion. See, now, here's the difference. Before I continue, I typically...
    DaydreamGirl25 DaydreamGirl25
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    I wouldn't really say suffer.

    I love my daydreams. I'd rather be a professional assassin, a queen, a noblewoman.
    DaydreamGirl25 DaydreamGirl25
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 3, 2015

    I hadn't realized that my daydreaming had

    become a problem until today. I am 19 years old and I've had this since I was 6, of course without comprehending it at first or knowing that this had a name and that other people had it as well. I am still very surprised! At first this was more innocent and it had...
    georgiapsora georgiapsora
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2015

    Hey All I have suffered with this condition

    since I was 7 years old so about 21 years of my life. I have seen countless therapist and psychologist but no one seems to understand. I wish whoever makes the rules on psychological/mental illness would realize that this is a real problem and set forth a real plan to help those...
    indarican indarican
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 19, 2015

    Im 46 years old and I have just started

    researching what I thought was unique to me but I am happy to hear I am not the only one. I have done this since I was about 10 years old. Its mostly when I listen on headphones to music, I used to pull up a chair to my parents stereo and then imagine myself being a popstar and...
    kallais kallais
    46-50, F
    1 Response Nov 15, 2015

    I first found the term Maladaptive daydreaming

    from a site called reddit, when the question was asked "What Google search changed your life?" A user linked multiple sources on what Maladaptive daydreaming is. I've been doing this for as long as I can remember. From me fantasizing being a character in one of my favourite TV...
    LegendOf7 LegendOf7
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 15, 2015

    I love the way their always there

    when you need them. I love the way he knows when I'm upset. I love how he's always there when nobody else is. I love how he will make me open up, he won't let me die silently. He will put a smile on my face. Make me feel like I'm his everything. I love how he makes my...
    Simsy1903 Simsy1903
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Nov 9, 2015

    Hi fellow dreamers! I am a maladaptive

    daydreamer and have decided it no longer belongs in my life. I am using a combination of Buddhism and a 12-step recovery approach to completely eliminate it. I fully understand this approach does not make sense for everyone. But I would love to connect with other MD'ers who...
    BuddhistAddict BuddhistAddict
    26-30
    4 Responses Nov 8, 2015

    I'm back again I'm still daydreaming about the

    r&b singer again i recently told my mom about whats going on she said she thinks I only feel like i'm emotionally attached to him is because Thats how i want my ideal man to be one day. But in reality when I try to get close to a male I pull away because I feel like im...
    queenofhearts1 queenofhearts1
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 7, 2015

    I recently reincorporated characters I had

    as a middle schooler into my current dreams I have now in my 20s. I want them to be real. Sometimes these characters do bad things or hurt me but it is always in a reconciable way. They always care for me. That is my theme since childhood.
    escape2015 escape2015
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015

    I just watched the movie "In Your Eyes" on

    Netflix. I felt like the movie is my life. It's hard to seperate my thoughts from reality sometimes. I know my dreams are dreams but sometimes I wonder....
    escape2015 escape2015
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015

    Yep. Looking at this from an addiction angle

    and it really seems to be helping. Going to sex/love addicts anonymous (they address fantasy as well) and the Buddhist addiction program refuge recovery. Anyone else taking this approach? Peace, love, and healing to you all.
    BuddhistAddict BuddhistAddict
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    I just realize that I have MD.

    I've had since I was younger but I just really started to notice it now. This one day I was on my social media account and I came across this male r&b singer at first I thought he was just attractive but I started to watch interviews and I learned about his story and it...
    queenofhearts1 queenofhearts1
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 5, 2015

    I am a transgender man.

    I also suffer from Maladaptive Daydreaming, but I'm glad that I do because without it, I would have never come to terms with my gender identity. Ever since I remember, I have day dreamed about a single man. There have been other characters, too, but he was always present no...
    bestbeeber bestbeeber
    16-17, T
    Nov 1, 2015

    As of recent a few kids from my year learnt

    about maladaptive daydreaming and have all been saying that they have it cause they daydream or that they don’t concentrate in class. Normally this kind of thing doesn’t bother me but its been really getting on my nerves because I don’t think they understand what its like...
    VirusBlue VirusBlue
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 27, 2015

    Here's my experience MD.

    Well it started around the 7 grade, So I was 14 at the time. But anyway my daydreams "at the time" was about me or a made up characters being a total badass. The reason it started. Well all though out middle school. I was always made fun of because of how small and skinny I was...
    ThatsWaffleCakes ThatsWaffleCakes
    18-21, M
    Oct 25, 2015

    Yea I'm kind of surprise

    that I'm not the only one who have this...I'm not going to call it a problem. But have this this amazing talent. Yea it may be annoying at times. But I'm kind of glad to have this amazing talent.
    ThatsWaffleCakes ThatsWaffleCakes
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Oct 25, 2015

    (sorry its kind of a rant) it started

    when i was in 7th grade (im in 9th now) idk why i started daydreaming about it was mabe because i was depressed but im not no more and i do not know how to stop when i was a young child i didnt suffer from anykind of abuse i reall dont know what type of mental illness i might...
    myaeso myaeso
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 21, 2015

    is there anyone who had sufferd from this

    symptom/disorder that dosent suffer from it now if so how did you get over it?
    myaeso myaeso
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 21, 2015

    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

    :) Got a visit from Cody in my subconscious

    today! He lifted my spirits when I was down and help come up with some witty comebacks :3 He's kinda like the best friend no one knows about. And he's really good looking too ♥
    AllTimeLoser AllTimeLoser
    18-21, F
    Oct 16, 2015

    His name is Cody and he's been here

    for me since I was 6. He's my amazing best friend in every daydream and sometimes out of them too. He's 2 years older than me and, well, i love him like family
    AllTimeLoser AllTimeLoser
    18-21, F
    Oct 15, 2015

    I have aspergers syndrome

    as well as maladaptive daydreaming, people say its a bad thing and you should slowly stop but it's never that simple. Therapists don't work and because of the language difference my parents never understand and my siblings are too young. I know my friends can't help even if I...
    lackingimagination lackingimagination
    13-15, F
    Oct 15, 2015

    Wow. This is a real thing?

    ?? I found this after clicking on a link on maladaptive daydreaming. I often don't finish chores or homework because of it. I can just barley brows Tumblr for more than ten minutes!
    tthecheshirecatt tthecheshirecatt
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 13, 2015

    Hi, first i want to say

    that english is not my first language so i apologize if i do some typos. I'm 17 years old and i have had maladaptive daydreaming since i was 8 (or at least is that's where i remember). i discovered this is a disease a few months ago, and i always tried to avoid this topic cause...
    Jaqueline15 Jaqueline15
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 13, 2015
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