Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Here are my observations about my onset of daydreaming. I'd like to share this to see if others can relate. It seems like I'm getting some confirmation from Adriene (back in the what helps discussion).
Basically it's two statements below:
I’ve come to believe that my daydreaming is provoked and sustained by emotional impulses of excitement/exhilaration, giddy feelings of excitement and freedom that I am apparently prone to having.
The ideation and physical aspects of daydreaming continually help to sustain a constant low level of excitement with peaks of exhilaration roughly about as intense, or slightly lower, than each previous impulse.
The impulses are NOT like the dull craving one gets from having a “sweet tooth”. Rather, they are very sudden and cannot be ignored or overcome by ordinary willpower.
So, in other words, I believe my daydreaming is a kind of, impulsive / feel-good addiction... I've noticed that sometimes these feelings can seemingly happen on their own. In this case, I get the feeling first and then my mind engages and tries to keep the feeling going.
Other times my daydreaming may be stimulated by something externally or internally (by thinking and imagining). But really, I've noticed it’s not until that first surge that I'm I really "locked in".
Maybe the easiest way to see what I'm talking about is well... let yourself go into a daydream... go ahead. One time on "purpose" isn't going to be a problem right :) Start thinking about whatever your favorite scenario is... all the while keep in the back of your mind an awareness of how your are feeling... now, hyperfocus in on your emotions, just like you would on say your sense of taste if you were eating something and you were trying to identify all the ingredients hitting your taste buds. Continue on now... what happens? Well for me, I usually see an image in my mind something symbolic, as an example... I might imagine myself typing very fast... very soon after, maybe almost simultaneously; I'll feel a surge of euphoria and excitement. My daydreams are basically series of visualizations that I continually try to picture... the better I can visualize each scenario, the more "real" I can make it, and the more interesting and fun, the more intense the euphoric impulses and the longer I ultimately keep daydreaming.
I've tried to find other known disorders similar to this. Like many have said there is a lot of cross over. But from the standpoint that my daydreaming is driven by these emotionally giddy/happy/excited/impulses... It really seemed like it has a lot of elements of an impulse control disorder... If your interested, try googling it or looking on Wikipedia (below link)
Please let me know your thoughts... I really would like to know what people here think because I don't know if anyone else can understand. :)
Years ago I had a cup of coffee or tea at McDonald's and I noticed my mind immediately daydreaming out of control.
caffeine is oe of those things I crave like crazy. I have very little willpower to it. I've only recently started to notice it. I use to drink 2 to 3 large cans of 'power drinks'. Luckly I stop drinking those however I haven't been able to stop coffee and/or other energy shots.
I think I'm going to start keeping track of how much caffeine I consume in one day. Then start to ween myself off it.
I have never noticed that, but maybe I'll try to start having water at dinner, and pour my glass early so Mum doesn't question me haha
I may start trying to keep track of it, too, but I only really have the occasional cup of tea, and cheap coke or lemonade at dinner, so maybe there's not much point.
Quite an interesting thing to notice, though.