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becoming the daydream

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I can't take it anymore!!!

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A Bit About My Daydreams

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will I survive med school?

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Tips and strategies to control MDD

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Sian replied to Summer's discussion Please help
"The things that have helped me are exercise, placing myself in new social situations, distraction (ie I listen to podcasts a lot), avoiding being myself, admitting to people I'm feeling down and avoiding triggers (pretty much all the Internet!)…"
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Sian replied to Enix's discussion Sharing the situation with family
"I have never told anyone about my addiction to daydreaming, and I doubt I ever will. But I have found admitting that I have periods of feeling down has helped . I told my husband about this and a close friend, and honestly such a relief to admit…"
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Sian replied to Alisha Mansoor's discussion Long Daydreams & How do I stop?
"Mine started in 1979, though admittedly I did succeed in dropping it for a good few years, only for it to re-emerge when I was through a difficult time. Like you it's based around something real (a tv series ). The only way I have found of…"
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Teenage Dreamers❤

Here is a group for teenagers who are daydreamers and pretty new to this whole thing. Maybe your not new but just having trouble with school and DD? You are all welcome. :)See More
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Robert de Niro replied to Robert de Niro's discussion manipulative of daydreaming and procrastinating
"thanks a lot your answer was very helpful, please if you know more information please tell me.Thank you again"
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Rose replied to Robert de Niro's discussion manipulative of daydreaming and procrastinating
"Hey! My daydreaming makes me procrastinate too but idk about a cure. I’ll give you my advice but also do some research on procrastinating and work ethics. This is just my experience and theory. Since I’ve developed a new passion my…"
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Spiritual Deliverance

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Hero Daydreams

For people have daydreams that have something to do with heros.If you want you can write down your characters, powers(if they have them),and the plot of your MD story.See More
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Robert de Niro replied to Robert de Niro's discussion manipulative of daydreaming and procrastinating
"please what does is means?"
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"I never used alcohol but music is my drug so i can understand you"
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Sharing the situation with family

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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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Please help

Started by Summer. Last reply by Sian yesterday. 5 Replies

Hey I'm new here ... but how do you guys do it? ... keep yourself from going into ur imaginary world when your real world feel like c***?

Sharing the situation with family

Started by Enix. Last reply by Sian yesterday. 1 Reply

Did any of you try to talk your families about this addiction? If yes, how it went and was it useful for you to take it under control?Continue

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Long Daydreams & How do I stop?

Started by Alisha Mansoor. Last reply by Sian yesterday. 12 Replies

How long did one of your daydreams last? Mine has been going on for 8 and half months, the same characters and mostly the same storyline. It’s from a really popular book series, so it’s worse when someone mentions it. :( I’ve tried to stop but end…Continue

manipulative of daydreaming and procrastinating

Started by Robert de Niro. Last reply by Robert de Niro on Saturday. 6 Replies

i'm procrastinating for a long time a simple thing may take months to do iti'm in a sea of manipulative of daydreaming, how to get out of it , how to cure thisContinue

Does anyone else have a ''main character'' other than yourself?

Started by jung hoesuck. Last reply by Andrew Paul ALfred Chapple on Wednesday. 12 Replies

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

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Has Mdd helped or hurt you more?

Started by Cole. Last reply by Aritra Gupta on Wednesday. 34 Replies

When I was younger, daydreaming gave me an escape from an inescapable situation. But it also stunted the future in a lot of ways. Most importantly, it took away drive. As Thomas Edison once said "Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show…Continue

What helps?

Started by Cordellia Amethyste Rose. Last reply by Robert de Niro Dec 11. 179 Replies

Now that we've had some time to think about this & discuss it, let's start creating a plan to help.  Let's try and make a list that we can refer to & refer others to.  Here's my question:What helps? Not just what helps you stop…Continue

Tags: daydreaming, fantasy, Maladaptive, Daydreaming, MD

MDD Discord Server?

Started by Signiri Tan. Last reply by Theaxe Dec 9. 11 Replies

Seeing as how this site is turning into a free-for-all wasteland of spam and inactivity, would anyone be interested in joining a Discord server moderated by me and possibly others focused on discussing MDD, the struggles, coping methods, and works…Continue

Neurotic? No, I'm just hyper-sensitive

Started by MaxiDreamer. Last reply by Fitri Kamelia Dec 7. 4 Replies

Are we becoming increasingly intolerant, or is it the case that up to 20 per cent of us fall into the category of Highly Sensitive People, who are overwhelmed by the hurly-burly of modern life? A few days ago, I was sitting at my desk at home. It…Continue

driving

Started by kelly grimes. Last reply by kelly grimes Dec 2. 1 Reply

driving seems to be an almost instant trigger. a lot of people seem to have the autopilot experience. my job is driving, a large school bus in fact. now there are cameras on the bus as well. i have become kind of freakd at the possibility that the…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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