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Yesterday I was talking to my friend about MD for the first time, and he said that he had the EXACT same condition! He showed me all his journals and maps, and he actually constructed his own language awhile back and he can speak it fluently! I was amazed that I knew someone not online that went through the same I did!

Another case was a couple years back on a backpacking trip, my friend told me his entire DD plotline, (which was incredibly intense and awesome, basically Star Trek but on steroids) He went into the very minutia of every detail and even said that I was one of his main characters, albeit I die heroically. He was so detailed that he figured out how life could be sustained using silicon as a base instead of carbon. I was too scared to share my story though, and I regret it.

That poses the current question, how common is Maladaptive Daydreaming? Do any of you guys know any other people from everyday life that has the same condition as you?

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Comment by Richard Quest on February 6, 2015 at 7:03pm

True, thanks for the insight! Do you write down your day dreams?

Comment by Floris on February 6, 2015 at 4:24pm

Ah well it's all good you don't need to tell everything, nobody shares all of their dark fantasies...but day dreaming in itself isn't a dark secret and it should show in your writing. There's so many writers that can only write about variants of their own lives because they have no imagination.

Comment by Richard Quest on February 6, 2015 at 4:03pm

Thanks Floris! 

I'm trying to improve my writing skill, I even started a short story from my MD and put it on here xD

I don't tell my girlfriend, or in that case, my family because of my fear of being judged. I know that she is the best person for me, but I just don't feel like telling her would actually accomplish anything to the relationship... Also I kind of like having something that in my head, and for my eyes only. It's very secretive and adds a layer to my life. But at other times, it's very hard not to  tell people when they ask about my doodles and paintings.

Comment by Floris on February 6, 2015 at 7:27am

"It's like our minds are stuck in the child's adventurous phase xD I know all my friends in elementary school had rampant imaginations, and mine still remains strong while theirs died."
 
Beautifully put, Richard. In that light, I do wonder what holds you back telling your girlfriend. Everybody day dreams but the heavy obligations that come with maturity keep them at a minimum for most people.

Comment by Floris on February 6, 2015 at 7:23am

I've seen my mother being a bit dreamy at times and my father doing a lot of heavy thinking. But MDD...no. I would like to know people IRL with it but I don't seem to. They are hard to find. Sometimes I have had a conversation with budding writers and they were obviously more of the dreamy types.

Comment by Reverie on February 5, 2015 at 2:28pm

It must be amazing to meet someone who actually understands what you experience in person. 

Unfortunately, I don't know anyone, probably because I told about it only to my best friend, my parents and a psychologist, and I didn't even go into any details, because I feel so ashamed of that...

Comment by The1andonlyAbber on February 2, 2015 at 8:19pm
I think one of my friends might have it. She mentioned doing something she called "acting by herself", and she told me about this extremely elaborate story she wrote that she came up while doing it.
Comment by Richard Quest on January 28, 2015 at 7:10pm

Hmmmmm... 

that's interesting, it's like a switch that didn't turn off after we hit puberty and when everyone else's did. It's like our minds are stuck in the child's adventurous phase xD I know all my friends in elementary school had rampant imaginations, and mine still remains strong while theirs died.

Comment by Fitri Kamelia on January 28, 2015 at 6:33pm

most of my cousins and nephew/niece have dd too when they're little, but not like me, after teenage they just forget their own world and choose to hang out with friends. one of my cousin actually had potential, but I knew she hid it because she must focus on her study and her brothers, since she is the oldest child.

So maybe I could say actually MD could be a common case, but it's became rare because usually teenager and adults are too embarrassed to confess that they still miss their little world. only focused how to be normal.

Comment by Richard Quest on January 28, 2015 at 5:59pm

Me too. I don't really share that I do this, not even my parents or my girlfriend know. But when I heard my friend talk about his condition I was shocked and elated!

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