Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
It was several months ago (September, I think), that i found this site. I googled something along the lines of "obsessed with daydreaming", "excessive daydreaming" before Google showed me the wikipedia article for "maladaptive daydreaming." Then I googled "maladaptive daydreaming" and finally found this site!
i looked a time or three before this place existed.
Never found anything. It's as if it does not exsist to the world outside of this forum. Glad it's got a name.
I never looked..I seriously thought I was the only one in the world who did this..and I consider myself intelligent so I don't know why it never occurred to me there might be others like me out there..and at 46 years old, I haven't told a soul about this
Maralyn Rogerson's reply could be mine. Absolutely the same - well, except I'm ten years older than she is. But it never occurred to me that anyone else did this, and I've never so much as hinted about it to anyone. Not ever. If I had not seen the article on Yahoo! News about this condition a few days ago, I still would be thinking I was the only person on the entire planet who did this. The article linked to this website and I am gobsmacked by the site of all you "kindred spirits" every time I log in here.
Same response as Maralyn (even age), except for telling my ex years ago, who didn't get it. I never looked, as I assumed I was the only one. Funny if you think about it...billions of people in the world, and some of think this has never happened before. It would be interesting to find out what percentage of the population has it, if science would ever advance enough to study it.
I have googled it a few times, but like you, I have just gotten pointed to getting rid of your child's imaginary friends. I never knew it had a name til this week, and I certainly didn't know there were others that did it.
Although I would not feel comfortable in telling people about it, it's really never bothered me much, as I have a very active social life, a good marriage, and a good job. My life just needs something "extra" every now and then..
Until a few weeks ago, it never even occurred to me that this was a problem. I've been fantasizing so long I just figured it was normal for me -- I started when I was 7 or 8, and I'm 54 now! Like Jalashala, I've been able to maintain a pretty solid real-world life. Things changed when I started having obsessive daydreams about a real person, and it really started screwing up my life in the consensus reality world. That's when I realized I had a problem. I never even had the chance to Google anything -- I joined YouBeauty.com (for other reasons) and their online newsletter included an article on MD, just a few days after my insight. And here I am.