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Hello. So ive been daydreaming for years now and i just found out recently that is was a "disorder". I had no idea there was a whole community of people with the same issue and im glad i now have people who can relate. If theres anyone who ever wants to talk, id be glad. I am very shy and antisocial if you met me in person. When i was younger i used to think i was crazy. I used to think i wasnt normal because it has alway been really hard for me to make friends. You guys have no idea how much better i feel now. 

I started daydreaming when i was about 9 i think. It just kept getting even more severe as the years passed. I am turning 16 in a few days and i wish i was normal. i havent told anyone about it except my brother. he thinks i am really weird. my biggest fear is that it will consume 24 hours of my life everyday and leak into my adult years. How do you all feel about it?

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Comment by Hilary on December 29, 2014 at 3:56pm

In highschool and jr high I daydreamed constantly! I too daydream more when I am doing something creative. So I stopped doing a lot of art and just kept myself busy. Half the time I hate MDD and half the time I actually feel MOST creative ppl are really MDD like ourselves. Because who else could create a whole world just in their head?

Comment by Naomi Moon on December 8, 2014 at 5:45pm

Thanks for your suggestion Richard. I actually do have a diary that i write a lot of my thoughts down in. I also write poetry and it does help me feel better. I do daydream more whenever i get creative though. But I will definetly still take your advice.

Comment by Richard Quest on December 7, 2014 at 5:52pm

Sometimes I act it out, then I realize that I am. What I think you need is somewhere to let it all out. Write your MD down, draw it out: this will help you stop acting it out, and it's actually productive--I turned MD into art for my art classes. And since then, I've been able to control it. Maybe sometimes it is good to have a little world to back up in. Mine is where I go when I get stressed, and it's a good reliever. Don't worry, there's hope to control it!

Comment by Blair on December 7, 2014 at 5:16pm

The fact that you're 16 is good. You're aware of this and can communicate with others about it before in becomes something you take into your adult years. A lot of people here have decades of MD without knowing there was a term for it. 

What you've described sounds pretty typical - I dot mean to downplay what you are saying, but rather to back up your experiences. I act a lot of my MD out verbally in make-believe conversations and arguments. I don't always win the argument, even though it's just me :) And while we know reality from fantasy, we forget we're day dreaming at the time because it's second nature. 

Comment by Naomi Moon on December 7, 2014 at 4:28pm

Its kinda my escape world. I want to stop but then i dont. I cant really explain. I start excessively daydreaming when i fight with my mom or friends. I tried keeping busy with tennis and Advanced classes but theres no stopping. I just kinda zone into it and done even realize im doing it sometimes. Its especially bad because sometimes i start acting it out. Do you do this also?

Comment by Richard Quest on December 7, 2014 at 3:46pm

For it seems that my daydreams are starting to wane just a little, before, in junior high and early high school I would day dream incessantly. I would fill out hundreds of sketchbooks and have my bedroom's wall covered in artwork from my MD. But now as I am an adult, I find myself too busy to daydream extensively anymore. What I think is: you should go out and try to do things so you stop daydreaming. I'm in a balanced state now between enjoying my daydream and having an active social life.

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