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Hi all,

I am doing an "ask me anything" on Reddit right now. The discussion will be up until Wednesday oct 4th. So if there's anything you want to ask me about Maladaptive Daydreaming head over.

Eli Somer

 

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I had a chance to be with my dream boy for 12 hours
I did not see him drift off other than for a brief five minutes where I gave him a break
I kept him busy sight seeing talked to him and he tracked with me all day
Could boredom or monontony trigger?
Too much alone time?

Yes. Loneliness and boredom can increase the likelihood of MD/

Do you Know someone who was MD and now there's nothing? Is it possible to be free of this or is it necessary to control this everyday until death?
I have another question! I use to daydream since I was 3 years old I have a father and I don't have! I saw somewhere that we should express our feelings in real life. But this is not an expressible thought! Should I care about this or may ignore this? May I only continue fighting to be free of this or to express feelings is realy important?
Nicole, The AMA was on a different website, a month ago. This was just an announcement for it so people could participate.

The capacity for immersive daydreaming never goes away but people can learn to control it so it is no longer maladaptive.

Nicole G.M said:

Do you Know someone who was MD and now there's nothing? Is it possible to be free of this or is it necessary to control this everyday until death?

Is forgetfulness or anytime of memorization issue linked with MD? IDK but i have an issue remembering things, not too much of a memory problem but enough to bother me and I was wondering has any research proved that there is a connection of some sort?

Three out of four people with MD are predicted to also suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity - Inattentive type. ADHD is often characterized by forgetfulness. 

Hello,

I don't feel that my daydreaming impairs my ability to go throughout my day. I do consider the amount of time I daydream to be excessive, and the dreams feel so powerful, that I pace and speak out loud. I found ways to manage my daydreaming (ex: exercise). Main question concerns this, people on this chat room talk about methods to control their daydreaming to the point of extinction. To me, my daydreaming is a part of who I am. And I feel it goes deeper than as a means of coping. I feel my daydreams helps me problem solve and process information. 

Have you come across other people who say the same thing?

Also if you have time for another question, do you think people daydream because of how their brains are wired?

Hello,

Personally I agree with you. I believe MD is part of who I am and i wouldn't know how I would live without it. It is basically "my friend" when I feel sad or happy. I'm always excited about daydreaming, but it does take excessive amount of time. It takes my mind off of anything or I just put my issues in my daydream. 

Bronwyn said:

Hello,

I don't feel that my daydreaming impairs my ability to go throughout my day. I do consider the amount of time I daydream to be excessive, and the dreams feel so powerful, that I pace and speak out loud. I found ways to manage my daydreaming (ex: exercise). Main question concerns this, people on this chat room talk about methods to control their daydreaming to the point of extinction. To me, my daydreaming is a part of who I am. And I feel it goes deeper than as a means of coping. I feel my daydreams helps me problem solve and process information. 

Have you come across other people who say the same thing?

Also if you have time for another question, do you think people daydream because of how their brains are wired?

Hi, immersive daydreaming is pathological only if it creates distress and/or impairs functioning in some way (e.g., time needed for other obligations is spent in fantasy). Many MDers told me that they do not want to give this enjoyable ability up. They only wish to learn to control it. Your second question requites a brain imaging study.

Sure. It is so much more fun to immerse yourself in uninteresting fantasy than be bored.

Filly said:

I had a chance to be with my dream boy for 12 hours
I did not see him drift off other than for a brief five minutes where I gave him a break
I kept him busy sight seeing talked to him and he tracked with me all day
Could boredom or monontony trigger?
Too much alone time?

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