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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hello everyone !I have always cope with loneliness “ thanks” to my MD. I have found sooo much joy in daydreaming since I was around 10. Lately (I’m 27 now), even when I don’t feel like it, i daydream, it’s become such a part of my day to day life -I…Continue
I have a 12-year-old who is extremely bright and creative, but I am feeling helpless and like I am losing him to the realms of maladaptive daydreaming. He seems to engage in this activity now more than ever and it takes up hours of his day. He has…Continue
Hi people, this is my first time writing out... Please bear with me.People say this isn't an illness as sufferers like us know what is going on, normal people think we can control it... I remembered how I start this imagination thing in my head. It…Continue
I would like to know how many of you who have Maladaptive Daydreaming also have perfectionism. If you do or don't, please reply. It seems like perfectionism is closely associated with MD.I have perfectionism and maladaptive daydreaming.Continue
I have the most intense daydreams and I jump around and shake my hands. It is like a movie where I am actually in the movie, mostly ( but not always) as some kind of hero.My triggers are usually a news item involving some kind of injustice!I do it…Continue
Almost five years ago I became entrenched in Maladaptive Daydreaming. I was in deep denial of how badly my degree had been going for the five years previous to that and I took refuge somewhere no one else could go. It ate up days, weeks and months…Continue
I have recently met someone I like a lot and we are moving towards a relationship, but I found myself incorporating him into my daydreams and I feel that the way I see him and interact with him in my daydreams is affecting our actual relationship. I…Continue
Hello everyone!So I am a student taking harder level courses which means more homework. I have gotten very good grades all of my life, even when having MD (which I have had since 6th grade). Somethings that have been bothering me are my symptoms…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue