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Silver Swan replied to Dee Johnson's discussion MD is one of my favorite things about myself
"No offense, but I'm so glad that I quit MDD, because it didn't serve me very well. When I started doing it at 12, it seemed so utopic, and filled my heart with joy and wonder. It was so powerful in the way it made me feel happy and it…"
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F J replied to F J's discussion Other obsessions
"Yes I definitely need to focus on the present. I'm starting to find DD getting very intense and almost spilling into real life. Like doing facial expressions and whispering to myself. Gets awkward when I think people have noticed lol."
Jan 17
Eduardo Anderson replied to Dee Johnson's discussion MD is one of my favorite things about myself
"I love my MDD for that reason too. It baffles me that everything and anything can trigger my imagination. But I think for MDDers such as myself who want to stop or at least control it, MDD has robbed us of so much of our lives . We’ve spent…"
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MD is one of my favorite things about myself

I see a ton of content everywhere about how bad MD is and how disruptive it is, and that’s a shame to me. I think it’s brilliant our minds are capable of keeping up with all the lore and storylines we come up with. It’s almost hard to imagine not being able to go into another place sometimes.
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All MD'ers.. See if this helps your MD.. and post your comments..

Respect is like air.Because respect is like air. As long as it’s present, nobody thinks about it.But if you take it away, it’s all that people can think about.The instant people perceive disrespect in a conversation, the interaction is no longer about the original purpose—it is now about defending dignity.When we recognize that we all have weaknesses, it’s easier to find a way to respect others.Without excusing others’ behavior, we try to sympathize, even empathize, with them.So, see if this…See More
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Calli.W replied to Calli.W's discussion Happy New Year from a long time MDD’er / Lurker
"So it's Day 2 of my cold turkey quit of MDD and to say the least, it's been an interesting experience. First off, it's been very quiet. And without work (have been on XMas break since Dec 24), I have A LOT of time on my hands. To…"
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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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MD is one of my favorite things about myself

Started by Dee Johnson. Last reply by Silver Swan on Sunday. 2 Replies

I see a ton of content everywhere about how bad MD is and how disruptive it is, and that’s a shame to me. I think it’s brilliant our minds are capable of keeping up with all the lore and storylines we come up with. It’s almost hard to imagine not…Continue

Other obsessions

Started by F J. Last reply by F J Jan 17. 4 Replies

Does anyone else also have struggles with other obsessions maybe something that triggers or goes with your MDD? For example, i have really unhealthy eating habits and am almost addicted to sugary snacks. I eat about half a pack of biscuits a day,…Continue

All MD'ers.. See if this helps your MD.. and post your comments..

Started by Zack Jan 7. 0 Replies

Respect is like air.Because respect is like air. As long as it’s present, nobody thinks about it.But if you take it away, it’s all that people can think about.The instant people perceive disrespect in a conversation, the interaction is no longer…Continue

Happy New Year from a long time MDD’er / Lurker

Started by Calli.W. Last reply by Calli.W Jan 2. 1 Reply

Thought I’d start the new year and decade with a post as I've finally decided to make a serious effort to kick my MDD addiction. So, hi everyone. I’ve lurked on this site for years on and off but never posted. Probably b/c I didn’t feel I had…Continue

Meeting with other MDDers

Started by Laxmi. Last reply by Calli.W Jan 1. 13 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

2020

Started by Silver Swan Dec 22, 2019. 0 Replies

Has anybody been spiritually transforming or raised to one's higher self this fall of 2019? Has it effected your way of thinking and how you view the world around you? I feel as if my old ways are coming to an end and my perspective to life is so…Continue

I did it i am cured nd u can too!!!

Started by mira. Last reply by Silver Swan Dec 17, 2019. 6 Replies

Once u stop ,i never go back.After week without MD,i know ,i don't need time to prove anything,how does it feel? I feel alive,in the moment ,my body is not that perfect,neither my life but i decided to accept them the way they r ,be strong friends…Continue

MDD Effects ALL

Started by Silver Swan. Last reply by Silver Swan Dec 10, 2019. 2 Replies

You guys. When you start MDD, it will make you feel happy to live in them. Though, overtime MDD grows and you go to sleep, forgetting all about life. It effects everything, including your relationships, social life, education and career. After you…Continue

MDD Helps Activate Your Brain

Started by Silver Swan Dec 4, 2019. 0 Replies

Why we dream has been the source of speculation for centuries. Although we’re not sure, many scientists now think dreams help us process…Continue

I Overdid This

Started by Silver Swan. Last reply by Silver Swan Nov 25, 2019. 5 Replies

As a grown adult at 33, I fully understand the truth of my life, compared to my teens. In my youth, I was immature and didn't get out. I was no social butterfly and struggled to maintain a circle of friends. I felt as though I was missing traits,…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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