I can only daydream when I'm happy or excited. I have the type of daydreaming where I absolutely have to pace or skip (and usually have music playing), and sometimes hints of conversation and laughter seep out. If I'm sad, I simply cannot do this. (So would constant sadness end my daydreaming problem? Haha.) My dreams are centered on myself and the typical idealized version of me. I don't really get into tv characters and I don't have anything that is saga-like. I just daydream about current life interests and having a wonderful time. Although, it takes up hours of my day.
I wondered if I was bi-polar, because I get incredibly manic. When I'm happy, I get extremely happy and lose common sense. Both of my parents have mental illnesses and I was always verbally abused. This is probably why I started all of this when I was in kindergarten. I'm 23 now.
My daydreaming has not affected my social life since high school. I think the difference is I'm around people who understand me now. I'm comfortable being outgoing. Sometimes I feel like I have too many friends. However, that doesn't stop the feeling of loneliness. I think those of you who want more friends need to find free spirits. Try participating in activities the average person would not. Trust me, most of us probably can't relate to the average person.
Unfortunately, it has had a negative affect on work and school. I'm absent a lot because I just don't want to deal with the world. Maybe it depends what you value more. I have a tight schedule but I always want to see my friends, and I always make room for those spontaneous daydreams. That leaves me exhausted if I actually do homework on time. It makes me hate almost every job I've had. The workplace has been the anti-fantasy for me.
I've managed to be successful in most of life except in relationships with men, and eve since tenth grade I always fall behind in school because I don't do homework on time. People like to leave me after a few months and usually won't explain why.
I'm happy a lot, considering how much I daydream. It makes me nonchalant about bad things that are really happening to me.