Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Recently I went to a psychiatrist and was started on lamictal for a mood disorder. My maladaptive dreaming has reduced by 90% surprising nobody more than myself. I have searched the web to try and find a reason for this and found this quote in a mood disorder forum.
It is likely that some mood disorders involve a certain amount of dissociation - that is, a refocussing of attention away from painful situations (especially social ones) and onto a powerful, fantasy. So bipolar disorder may be a matter of an energetic fantasy phase followed by emotional exhaustion followed by another energetic fantasy phase, and so on.
I want to make it clear that I do not have many of the bipolar symptoms eg racing thoughts,pressurised speech,hypersexuality,shopping sprees etc.
My doc put me on it because my moods were shifting with the seasons and also along with my menstrual cycle.Other than that I do not meet the criteria for bipolar and have not been diagnosed with it. I also have a history of episodic alcohol abuse and she thought I was self medicating something. I also have a history of social anxiety/avoidant behaviour. Lamictal shifted the whole lot in one fell swoop.
I am absolutely amazed. I wanted to share it with people here. I would seriously recommend a 2 week trial of lamictal if your doc would agree to prescribe it.
Lamictal is great if you have bipolar disorder or certain symptoms. It really helps clear the head. Another good medication for people with disorganized thought patterns/intrusive thoughts is Seroquel.