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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.
I nearly stopped ever doing maladaptive daydreaming ever again. It greatly effected my decisions and actions in life. How can you rationalize or make sense of things when your lost in a daze? Your dreams are so alluring that they'll effect your…Continue
I have been fantasizing/day dreaming obsessively since a very young age. I was, and still am a very shy person and always had difficulties navigating social situations, and forming relationships with the opposite sex. I thus began fantasizing as an…Continue
My daydreaming is beginning to takeover my life and I try to control it but I can’t seem too as it makes me feel happy, content and loved. But I notice myself not paying attention in class and zoning out when I’m with my friends because of it and I…Continue
Hello. I hope you all are doing well. So… I’ve decided to try to abstain from MD for a while, but not permanently. Obviously, all of my previous attempts of abstaining have failed, even if they were only supposed to be temporary. However, I have…Continue
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
It is hard to believe that MDD seemed like a beautiful thing when I was a kid. Of course, I was carefree with no responsibilities. The real world was over my head. My trigger started with a science fiction documentary and a Star Trek TV show, when I…Continue
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
So I fear that my daydreaming might be turning into a symptom of disassociation. There are some times where I am writing or reading and even thought I’m a good speller and reader and writer, the words seem to become weird, unusual, wrong. Even if I…Continue
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
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue