I am only 13 years old and I have been dreaming excessively ever since I could talk. I feel like it is an escape from reality, but there are also lots of negative things that comes from it.  

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I'm sure there are some people who've stopped completely, but I personally think a more realisitc goal is to gain control of it, meaning that it doesn't feel like something you HAVE to do to avoid feeling bad. One thing that makes me feel like I have more control is allowing myself to feel all of my emotions, even ones that feel really bad. I try to just sit with them rather than escape them (by daydreaming). It's very difficult, but I think it's a great skill to work toward if you want to feel more in control of your daydreaming. I also recommend that you read this thread: http://wildminds.ning.com/m/discussion?id=4661400%3ATopic%3A201335. It has a lot of good ideas for gaining control of this condition.
I hope you find some helpful information. It makes me happy to see someone trying to learn about their MD at a young age; you have a lot of time to figure it out. Good luck :)



Aj said:

I'm sure there are some people who've stopped completely, but I personally think a more realisitc goal is to gain control of it, meaning that it doesn't feel like something you HAVE to do to avoid feeling bad. One thing that makes me feel like I have more control is allowing myself to feel all of my emotions, even ones that feel really bad. I try to just sit with them rather than escape them (by daydreaming). It's very difficult, but I think it's a great skill to work toward if you want to feel more in control of your daydreaming. I also recommend that you read this thread: http://wildminds.ning.com/m/discussion?id=4661400%3ATopic%3A201335. It has a lot of good ideas for gaining control of this condition.
I hope you find some helpful information. It makes me happy to see someone trying to learn about their MD at a young age; you have a lot of time to figure it out. Good luck :)   Thanks!

Yes well done to you for starting to research and help yourself at such a young age. That is very positive. If you can identify that you have a problem so young and have the drive to want to do something about it then I would be very optimistic about your eventual recovery:) I am 18 and my problem developed when I was your age but have only started dealing with it now. I believe that people can overcome maladaptive daydreaming. You might find this article inspiring. It was written by a successful woman who overcame her maladaptive daydreaming in her twenties and is now researching it: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/04/when-daydreaming-... 

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