Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Sometimes real life illness gets funneled into my daydreams. I get migraines so one of my "me" characters is also a migraineur. So if I have one in real life, he has one. It helps me cope with it. On the other hand, one of my "not-me" characters (Vincent) had cancer. I did not feel the illness. However, I did feel the intense emotions of the "me" who loved and cared for him.
none of my daydream characters have had disorders or illnesses, so i don't know if i would feel that way if i made it that one of them had an illness. but i have felt the emotions that my characters were feeling in my daydreams just by thinking about a situation that the characters are in. for example, i killed off one of my characters and i started crying when i thought about all the other characters crying over her death. when i daydreamed about one of my characters being bullied and he started crying, i got a little teary eyed too. :/ it's kind of funny how attached i get to my characters even though i know that they aren't real, but i suppose it's the same thing that authors feel when they write about a sad part in their book... they get attached to their characters too. my english teacher taught us "no tears in the writer, no tears in the reader"- if the writer doesn't feel sad or cry when they write a sad part in a story, the reader won't either, & i've cried while reading a sad part in a book before, so that makes me feel a little more normal knowing that people that don't have MD do the same thing when they read or write a sad part in a story.