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Jessica Ballantyne posted a discussion

Did you believe your MD would Materialize?

I used to be an MD'er (ages 12-30), but I eventually stopped. I couldn't take it anymore. Looking back, all I remember is being out of it and not living a normal life. When I completed highschool, I wanted to travel and thrive in an art career. My plans changed and my family discovered my daydreaming disorder. Many others reacted badly to my inability to pay attention. It was so awful.Worst yet, I spent years staring into blank space, and dreamt up things I wanted to do with my life, which…See More
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The journey of healing from MD

Here are some random facts,that may help.....-no one said it's going to be easy ,so whenever you fail for 5 min it doesn't meAn it's over for next 5 hours ,limit the damages as soon as possible-why to name MD nd only deal with it from that prespectivd ,what if it's OCD ,overthinking the same thoughts over and over again,doing the same gestures and face expressions so many times ,from my personal experience looking at MD as a form of OCD really helped!-why we love addicting MD probably becuz…See More
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Jessica Ballantyne replied to David Burkett's discussion Personality
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Jessica Ballantyne replied to Jessica Ballantyne's discussion MDD gives you false presumptions
"Becoming a grown adult and seeing that I didn't adjust into the world as I should've, and being a young kid was years back, also after so much "real world" experience, I just came to my senses altogether. I feel that all these…"
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MDD gives you false presumptions

I've just stepped out of an old cycle that didn't serve me a good life. And I'm so glad that I quite MDD. Long story short, it did much damage. For one thing, it wasn't hard for others to detect that I was in a daydream state. I once believed that MDD helped guide me to better things, and it turned out vice versa. I used to sit for several hours in the day, weaving daydreams in my head about things I wanted from life. What I didn't realize that you must be "alive and awake," and hardworking to…See More
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Ulaan Gom replied to Ulaan Gom's discussion Journey to a Life Free of Maladaptive Daydreaming
"Day 71 - I've had a good deal of MD over this past week. What helps curb the MD's to a certain extent is engaging in difficult tasks, pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, and working towards a larger purpose."
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Jessica Ballantyne posted a discussion

How MD Impacts Your Goals

It's funny how life looks nothing like your dreams. You want things to come true and they can. Trick is that it takes hard work, lots of energy and passion. You can't stop—and let others talk you out of it. Apparently, you can't be a maladaptive daydreamer. It will mess with your mind and drag you down. It will suck you away from your biggest goals. You'll wake up years in the future, and see damn well nothing. You did nothing. You just daydreamed for hours and hours into the day. Not only…See More
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Jessica Ballantyne replied to Jessica Ballantyne's discussion I make faces when I daydream
"Actually, I lived in my head too long. I probably would've been a well developed and adapted grown up if I hadn't done MDD. My point is, my life would've looked so much better and meaningful if I hadn't started the…"
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Daydreamers welcome

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.

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Did you believe your MD would Materialize?

Started by Jessica Ballantyne yesterday. 0 Replies

I used to be an MD'er (ages 12-30), but I eventually stopped. I couldn't take it anymore. Looking back, all I remember is being out of it and not living a normal life. When I completed highschool, I wanted to travel and thrive in an art career. My…Continue

The journey of healing from MD

Started by mira on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Here are some random facts,that may help.....-no one said it's going to be easy ,so whenever you fail for 5 min it doesn't meAn it's over for next 5 hours ,limit the damages as soon as possible-why to name MD nd only deal with it from that…Continue

Personality

Started by David Burkett. Last reply by Jessica Ballantyne Aug 1. 3 Replies

Do you guys feel that you are overly secretive? Do you refuse to volunteer information especially in group conversations? Kind of like Clark Kent laying low as the group discusses a man a red cape flying through the air? Do you have the personality…Continue

MDD gives you false presumptions

Started by Jessica Ballantyne. Last reply by Jessica Ballantyne Jul 28. 2 Replies

I've just stepped out of an old cycle that didn't serve me a good life. And I'm so glad that I quite MDD. Long story short, it did much damage. For one thing, it wasn't hard for others to detect that I was in a daydream state. I once believed that…Continue

Journey to a Life Free of Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Ulaan Gom. Last reply by Ulaan Gom Jul 18. 155 Replies

Day 1 - I've been Maladaptive Daydreaming for over four years now, and I know that it's time to stop. I've recently been able to improve my life, but am facing some obstacles right now and want to clear my mind and focus on improvement. Today I…Continue

How MD Impacts Your Goals

Started by Jessica Ballantyne Jul 15. 0 Replies

It's funny how life looks nothing like your dreams. You want things to come true and they can. Trick is that it takes hard work, lots of energy and passion. You can't stop—and let others talk you out of it. Apparently, you can't be a maladaptive…Continue

I make faces when I daydream

Started by Jessica Ballantyne. Last reply by Jessica Ballantyne Jul 13. 10 Replies

Sometimes at the dinner table, my mom serves food, but she notices that my eyes close or I smile for no apparent reason, and she throws a curt remark. My mind is not quite there, for a split second, so I make faces. Usually I grin, because the story…Continue

Things I wanted to do

Started by Jessica Ballantyne. Last reply by Jessica Ballantyne Jul 3. 6 Replies

Since I was 18, and went off to College, I expected to do a great many things, now that I was an adult. I dreamt of traveling the world, thriving in an art career and eventually getting married. Trouble was I wasn't being realistic with myself.…Continue

Things You'll Learn After MD

Started by Jessica Ballantyne Jun 21. 0 Replies

I quit maladaptive daydreaming in my late twenties and it took me five years to transform. Now in 2020, I feel like a completely different person. At first, I was appalled at myself for doing MD and understood why everybody found me crazy. But then…Continue

It blows my mind

Started by Jessica Ballantyne. Last reply by Enix Jun 10. 1 Reply

Maladaptive daydreaming was a way of life with me during my teens and twenties. Today, I feel that person I once was only recently expired over the Spring. Massive global change has really transformed me dramatically that I grew up a lot. There were…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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