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Geobukseon replied to Eretaia's discussion Yes, you can cure Maladaptive Daydreaming
"...And here I am, looking at the comment I made and pleading for a response.  Counting all of the run-ons in my response and letting the feeling of inadequacy take me over when I compare it to the title post.  I'm well aware it's…"
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Geobukseon replied to Eretaia's discussion Yes, you can cure Maladaptive Daydreaming
"This... THIS piece right here has been one of the most insightful I have ever read.  I've had MDD for as long as I could remember and, for as long as I could remember, I've always felt alone.  I felt like I was a freak.  I…"
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Silver Swan replied to Pat's discussion How long
"Ever since I stopped daydreaming, the way my past worked out now makes so much sense. It's finally entering my head why everyone behaved how they did around me. When you live in your head, you don't care. Of course, I was growing and…"
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Geobukseon replied to Pat's discussion How long
"Since three or as long as I can remember."
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Taking Those First Steps Without Being Overwhelmed by the Long Path Ahead...

Hey,For those of you who use MDD to write or draw, how do you manage to do so?  Every time I try to write down an idea I have, I usually get overwhelmed by the thought that 'it's been done before' or 'how childish it is' to the point where I can't stand to look out what I've written on a page.  I can never stand a few seconds at a sentence before I start editing like crazy until I erase the whole thing.  My inner critique feeds off of how beautiful the ideas in my head are and uses it as a…See More
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Geobukseon replied to Geobukseon's discussion Taking Control of MD and Finding a Productive Use
"Yeah.  Still, watching the world around you change while you stay the same really hurts, especially when you stagnate so much."
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Brenna Brandão replied to Reis's discussion Someone from Brazil? Alguém do Brasil?
"Aqui mais uma do Brasil! Prazer."
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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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Yes, you can cure Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Eretaia. Last reply by Geobukseon on Thursday. 170 Replies

Two years ago when I joined this community, I think I was more dead than alive. I've been waging quite a brutal war with maladaptive dreaming and the array of issues that underlie it ever since then and I'm on my way out of this prison. I wanted to…Continue

Tags: overcoming, maladaptive, daydreaming

How long

Started by Pat. Last reply by Silver Swan on Thursday. 8 Replies

Just wondering for how long have u been DD i am 37 and have been since 13. Thought it would go away but it doesnt

Taking Those First Steps Without Being Overwhelmed by the Long Path Ahead...

Started by Geobukseon on Thursday. 0 Replies

Hey,For those of you who use MDD to write or draw, how do you manage to do so?  Every time I try to write down an idea I have, I usually get overwhelmed by the thought that 'it's been done before' or 'how childish it is' to the point where I can't…Continue

Taking Control of MD and Finding a Productive Use

Started by Geobukseon. Last reply by Geobukseon on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Ever since I could remember, I've always had MDD.  I loved to create these vibrant worlds within my mind and find vast amounts of inspiration from even the smallest spark.  During the difficult times in high school and my families financial…Continue

Someone from Brazil? Alguém do Brasil?

Started by Reis. Last reply by Brenna Brandão on Tuesday. 16 Replies

Hello, I'm from Brazil and I'd like to know if there's anyone else here.Unfortunately, we do not have much Portuguese…Continue

Tags: brasileiros, brasil, brazil

Maladaptive Daydreaming Gone But Now I'm suicidal, How Can I enjoy Life Now?

Started by Tinkerbell. Last reply by Tinkerbell Jul 3. 7 Replies

Like many of us I used my MD to live a more full filling life. Even if it was all pretend and in  my head. In the real word I tried modelling, It didn't go exactly as I planned as I didn't always get paid but I tried it.I travelled to various places…Continue

Tags: MD, Without, Suicide

Revalidating Real Life after Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Malteser. Last reply by Emma Smith Jul 1. 38 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

Meeting with other MDDers

Started by Laxmi. Last reply by Emma Smith Jun 29. 7 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 Weather Jun 24. 5 Replies

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

Tags: willingness, to, change, cons, the

Vc ouve coisas...barulhos

Started by cassia cassia. Last reply by Chifago Jun 18. 1 Reply

Durante o devaneio vc escuta algum tipo de barulho??

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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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