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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.
You guys, I know you love to MDD. I have to tell you this. If you really want to begin a relationship with someone or even be successful at a career or talent. DO NOT daydream at all, And for a few good reasons. People can see what your doing and it…Continue
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It's been a challenging ride for me and as an outcome, I was just shocked. I've been practicing MDD for years and I actually believed that my daydreams would materialize some day. Of course, I was very young when it got started, roughly around age…Continue
I’ve got a holiday planned for the end of April and it’s a roughly 3 hour car journey to get there. Honestly I’m really really looking forward to 3 hours of uninterrupted daydreaming just being able to stare out the window and listen to my music. I…Continue
Hello!My name is Jenavieve and I'm a film production student at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts. I am currently directing a documentary short film about Maladaptive Daydreaming. We want to raise awareness on the condition…Continue
ATTENTION- long gibberishIt was two years back when i realized that there is something too weird i continuously used to do, tossing and turning in my bed. I wasn't an up to the mark student, which made me depressed i guess. I just somehow wanted…Continue
Hi everyone. I'm new on here.I've been dealing with mdd since I was about 5 but only just really found out that it's a 'real thing'. In my head I'm always someone else who is so much smarter, cooler, prettier and is always very loved. My dreams…Continue
Basically, my maladaptive daydreams don't revolve around me. They revolve around another character who is most essentially me, except he is male and a different ethnicity. I haven't opened up to an expert about this but I believe that this may have…Continue
I’ve just discovered this site and until now I thought I was just totally messed up in the head.As a kid I have always been angry and aggressive and I took to doin puzzles with my grandmother at a young age, once I got older I continued my focus on…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue