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Enjoy Daydreaming!

You guys might as well enjoy your maladaptive daydreaming, because when you wake up, you will not be feeling great. You might feel scared or gloomy. It's like waking up after being in a fixed drunken state for several years. You've missed out on being with your friends and family in reality.See More
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Revision Struggles

Hello,I’m currently doing my A Levels but just can’t concentrate on revision because I keep daydreaming! It’s so irritating because it’s not a distraction I can just put in another room (e.g phone) it’s always there:/ if anyone has any tips they would be seriously appreciated:) See More
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"I found when you completely stop daydreaming, you actually make sense out of when went terribly wrong in the past, and then you feel so stupid. It's as if I left my life behind me, before I wanted to do MDD, just to get away from reality.…"
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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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Silver Swan replied to Eanna's discussion MDD affecting real life relationships, how do I start getting daydreaming under control?
"I found living with MDD was a gut-wrenching and disheartening ordeal. I used to daydream as a small kid myself, and did believe I'd grow out of it. It finally slowed down to a quit as I approached my thirties, I guess, because I really had no…"
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Spiritual Deliverance

This group is being created for those who wish to get rid of dd and want prayer and encouragement.See More
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Vc ouve coisas...barulhos

Durante o devaneio vc escuta algum tipo de barulho??
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How did your Daydreams start?

I started doing MDD when I couldn't fit into social crowds. I actually got made fun of as I appeared dumb and unfriendly...other reasons too.How did your Daydreams start? Do you notice that you've forgot yourself and forgot life, after it started, and did you revive this?See More
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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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Enjoy Daydreaming!

Started by Silver Swan yesterday. 0 Replies

You guys might as well enjoy your maladaptive daydreaming, because when you wake up, you will not be feeling great. You might feel scared or gloomy. It's like waking up after being in a fixed drunken state for several years. You've missed out on…Continue

Revalidating Real Life after Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Malteser. Last reply by Silver Swan on Wednesday. 33 Replies

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

MDD affecting real life relationships, how do I start getting daydreaming under control?

Started by Eanna. Last reply by Silver Swan on Monday. 3 Replies

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

Tags: daydream control, MAD, MDD, relationships

Vc ouve coisas...barulhos

Started by cassia cassia May 18. 0 Replies

Durante o devaneio vc escuta algum tipo de barulho??

How did your Daydreams start?

Started by Silver Swan May 17. 0 Replies

I started doing MDD when I couldn't fit into social crowds. I actually got made fun of as I appeared dumb and unfriendly...other reasons too.How did your Daydreams start? Do you notice that you've forgot yourself and forgot life, after it started,…Continue

Excess Energy & Difficulty Focusing

Started by UltThrWhl. Last reply by Martha Bozic May 16. 1 Reply

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

Meeting with other MDDers

Started by Laxmi. Last reply by Martha Bozic May 16. 6 Replies

Hey guys,I just wanted to start off by saying I've been a member on this site for around a couple of years now but never commented or anything like that but what I've noticed is that I feel like sometimes the site is dying and I know a few days ago…Continue

I feel like I am losing my kid to Maladaptive Daydreaming-Need guidance

Started by Martha Bozic. Last reply by Silver Swan May 16. 1 Reply

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

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Have you felt the MD get worse with age?

Started by Sakshi. Last reply by Sakshi May 15. 14 Replies

I always thought that as I grow up, the pacing and daydreaming would get better as I grow up. but I feel that the situation has gotten even worse. I am  years old and have been daydreaming ever since I can remember. It's embarrassing and humiliating…Continue

MDD makes me appear distracted

Started by Silver Swan. Last reply by Silver Swan May 15. 4 Replies

When I was just a kid, I was a regular daydreamer, and I took it all for granted. Daydreaming became a natural way of life with me. Only thing is, I was socially awkward and was often caught not paying attention by the other kids, who would then…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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