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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 television and they quickly became a big part of my daydreams. Over the years it has gotten worse, very often I drift off in class into my own 'fantasy world' and as soon as I get home I waste away hours just listening to music and using it for my daydreams. I feel so weird when I think about how much I daydream, I have never told anybody about it because I know nobody would understand. After researching into MD more I have noticed there is a link between this and a disorder called 'avoidant personality disorder', I believe that this has also made me daydream more, as sometimes I feel anxious around people. But in my own world there is no-one that can make me feel bad about myself or put me down. I use DD as escapism, if I'm feeling miserable, angry or just fed up, DD takes my mind of it and into my fantasy world where everyday problems just don't bother me. Thanks for reading..
dulas5 dulas5 16-17 2 Responses Oct 25, 2012

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First off, welcome to the club. There's more of us than you might think. I've only recently begun posting about my MD experiences and they've actually helped a lot. Talking about it, even online to strangers, somehow re-enforces the fact that its not real. My advice? Keep talking.

You're experience is the same as mine. Im guessing you're 16 now? Im 16! When I get home from school, I pace around and listen to music while DD for a couple of hours then I do my HW then I daydream again until I fall asleep. I feel unaccomplished as well. I don't know what I'm going to put on my ECs for college apps next year. I wish I knew about my problem sooner. I'm also shy , antisocial, and have anxiety as well.