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Maladaptive Daydreaming

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Nadia posted a discussion

My Job and MD

I am coming to this discussion because at the moment I feel like I am really struggling with my MD. I am absolutely hating my job as an administrator because I work right near the Reception area, so me (and my boss) are continuously subjected to the same songs from the same radio station during the day (all day!) To try and cope with this I have to try and put my earphones in and listen to my own music, but it’s a trigger for me just like most MDers so I end up getting confused and staring and…See More
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OhMyMagenta replied to David Burkett's discussion Selecting a therapist
"Choosing a therapist is a very individualized process that is based upon your needs.  There are different types of therapists that practice different modalities of therapy, each with their own unique approach in sessions.…"
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Silver Swan posted a discussion

Does your MDD Engulf World Awareness?

I've been so wrapped up and immersed in my MDD for a duration of years, that I nearly forgotten to pay more attention to world events. I scarcely read issues in print and online. Every morning I wake up, I'm in a whole new world inside my head. My family is constantly rambling about nation wide issues, but I never verbally apply any input in the matter. Well, I hardly have anything to say, really. I pay more attention to my private thoughts and fantasies than what goes on out there. It does put…See More
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JenBren replied to David Burkett's discussion Selecting a therapist
"I can't speak to the different types or whatever, but I went to a therapist. I ended up with a therapist as it was covered after a referral from my family doctor so I didn't have to pay out of pocket. I also believe a therapist usually…"
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David Burkett posted a discussion

Selecting a therapist

What are some key things people should look for when selecting a therapist or somebody who studies the mind? What are the different types and how are they distinguished? Are there certain ones to stay away from? Is there a high possibility that one who prescribes meds is going to call my M.D. as ADD or anxiety and put me on meds that will drain my fantasies?
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John replied to SuSu's discussion Hello in the group MD leading to procrastination?
"Thanks a lot for expressing your experience and your feelings, I didn't know about the 21 day challenge before, I am recently registered in Wild Minds Network. I am a MD for 10 years ago since I was 17 years old, it was wasting all my time…"
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Silver Swan posted a discussion

MDD distracts me from my environments

I do not ever "think" about what needs to be done around the house, such as the garbage, laundry, dishes, putting things away, writing food supply on a board and replacing the toiletries. My mom likes to tell me about the latest news and what is going on in the house; what I need to know. She is a perfectly normal person and I respect that. However, she's frustrated with my incapability to stay with her and listen to what she has to say. She's also can't believe I don't seem to care about our…See More
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Fishno7 replied to David Burkett's discussion Symptoms
"In general I agree with these ideas you listed instead of the zoning out to music that other's gave; mainly because I never use music to zone out for myself for MD. Also in my city, many people would listen to music/radio while doing exercise,…"
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David Burkett replied to David Burkett's discussion Symptoms
"I don't mean to say that we all do that. If a person does do those things I think they mostly likely have it"
Saturday
JenBren replied to David Burkett's discussion Symptoms
"Hmmm, I don't do either of those things. Definitely zoning out to music and I guess what others would see as talking to myself or making gestures. "
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David Burkett posted a discussion

Symptoms

In your opinion which symptom is the dead giveaway that somebody has M.D? Pacing and hopping to music and movies is my answer.
Saturday
Tichique Luis replied to SuSu's discussion Hello in the group MD leading to procrastination?
"You are right during last summer when I challenged my self not to daydream I felt more at peace with my self then I have ever felt. I relapsed during the school year because of the stress."
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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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My Job and MD

Started by Nadia yesterday. 0 Replies

I am coming to this discussion because at the moment I feel like I am really struggling with my MD. I am absolutely hating my job as an administrator because I work right near the Reception area, so me (and my boss) are continuously subjected to the…Continue

Selecting a therapist

Started by David Burkett. Last reply by OhMyMagenta yesterday. 2 Replies

What are some key things people should look for when selecting a therapist or somebody who studies the mind? What are the different types and how are they distinguished? Are there certain ones to stay away from? Is there a high possibility that one…Continue

Does your MDD Engulf World Awareness?

Started by Silver Swan yesterday. 0 Replies

I've been so wrapped up and immersed in my MDD for a duration of years, that I nearly forgotten to pay more attention to world events. I scarcely read issues in print and online. Every morning I wake up, I'm in a whole new world inside my head. My…Continue

MDD distracts me from my environments

Started by Silver Swan on Sunday. 0 Replies

I do not ever "think" about what needs to be done around the house, such as the garbage, laundry, dishes, putting things away, writing food supply on a board and replacing the toiletries. My mom likes to tell me about the latest news and what is…Continue

Symptoms

Started by David Burkett. Last reply by Fishno7 on Sunday. 4 Replies

In your opinion which symptom is the dead giveaway that somebody has M.D? Pacing and hopping to music and movies is my answer.

Introduce Yourself and Make Some Friends

Started by Xander. Last reply by Theaxe on Saturday. 11 Replies

I made this forum page because I know many people are not on this network anymore. Hopefully the few of us that are, can introduce ourselves here and make some friends. To start this off, hi. My name is Xander. I'm 18 yrs old and my birthday is in…Continue

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Has anybody never been in a real relationship?

Started by Silver Swan. Last reply by Silver Swan on Friday. 8 Replies

It's strange. I spent 32 years waiting for a relationship that never appeared. I'm not sure if a significant sum of people didn't find me attractive. Perhaps, my daily living habits were bad and unhealthy that they wouldn't help me deem a new…Continue

Have Your Secret MD Storylines Ever Made it to Books & Movies by OTHER People

Started by Theaxe. Last reply by Silver Swan on Friday. 1 Reply

I tend to have cinematic-like daydreams, and most of the time I create a plot and characters to constantly think about as if I'm watching an amazing movie.There have been a few cases where my private, unspoken daydreams became an actual project in…Continue

Stalking Tendencies

Started by Theaxe. Last reply by OhMyMagenta Jun 13. 11 Replies

A recent discussion here had me thinking about a character I fantasized about for nearly thirty years (and still do) who I didn't know, but had opportunities to meet. I could have very easily found out where he worked, lived, and actually set out to…Continue

Embarrassed that my partners were all linked to MD

Started by Theaxe. Last reply by OhMyMagenta Jun 13. 4 Replies

Has anyone else done this?:Each relationship I have had has been based on a celebrity-crush who turned in to a MD fantasy. When I was a teenager, I had a throbbing crush on a certain rock star. I was so overwhelmed with what I wanted in this person,…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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