I'm so glad I'm not the only one! And I'm also happy that there's actually a name for this. :)

First off, when I'm typically daydreaming, I have it set to music. I have whole playlists dedicated to these fantasies in my head. And the majority of the music is scores from various movies. My compulsive behavior is either to bounce on my bed or SPRINT in random patterns. However, if I'm cooped up and just can't help myself (ex, family vacations) I usually just bounce on my toes or pace (but that isn't as satisfactory).

Most of my daydreams are initially based off of a book or movie I particularly enjoyed. If I like the fantasy enough, it'll mutate into a completely different storyline (I have maybe 3-4 daydreams that have been going on for YEARS, so they're definitely nothing like the stories they were initially based off of).

The one thing that bothers me with this loose diagnosis is that it's hypothesized that this was caused by some sort of childhood trauma. I honestly cannot think of anything super negative in my childhood. Is that unusual? Or maybe I'm repressing something? Opinions?
thray thray
26-30, F
3 Responses Aug 23, 2014

Um yeah. I also have this. I have 3 story lines going on in my head right now. One of them started when I was 4. My life has been pretty smooth. No trauma whatsoever. I've usually been kinda ignored cause I'm quiet though, so maybe this is my way of expressing myself. Maye you have some thing like tht?
My longest story is over 9 years old btw. I dunno if I'm ever getting over this. Or if I want to either

Surely everyone daydreams. What makes you think yours are maladaptive?

It is not hard to tell the difference between normal daydreams and ours.

I've read several of these accounts. Most of them seem to me to be within the normal range of experience though admittedly towards the wilder end of that range. It just worries me that some young people might begin to think of themselves as mentally ill just because some academic has invented a new name for what is essentially normal if slightly odd behaviour.

There are some people who may not really have it but there are those people, like me, who have completely lost themselves in their daydreams. Do you have MD, if not then you will never really understand what this is. You are not in my shoes or someone else shoes and live through this everyday. This is real. This thing. Some people may not really have it but there are those of us who do and it is affecting our lives.

Sorry, Rose, I didn't mean to upset you. Obviously if this condition is seriously affecting your life in a bad way then it is a real problem and you have my genuine sympathy. However my main concern remains that many young people with less serious symptoms than yours may mistake relatively normal behaviour for some kind of mental illness and worry about it without good reason. Best wishes.

yeah I understand what you mean. Thank you. :3

Oh, I'm totally with you there. I think that "diagnosing" problems that aren't really problems DOES cause a lot of trouble. However, it IS nice to put a name to your weirdness and know that you're not the only one out there.

I agree with you, thray, the best thing is to share your problems with similar others so you don't feel alone.Thats what the EP is for. As they say " a problem shared is a problem halved ".

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it doesn't have to be trauma. You could have just had imaginary friends and they stuck with you, changed and then expanded into what it is now. Or it could have just appeared. Who really knows the cause of it.