Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I am 45 and didn't know until 2 weeks ago that there were other people with this problem -- who weren't in mental wards, anyway -- or that it had a name. I thought it might help someone to know that I control mine by controlling my histamine level. I discovered this by accident while trying to solve other health problems.
You can find info on histamine intolerance / low-histamine diets all over the internet. This is not exactly the same as allergy-related histamine reactions. In fact, over-the-counter antihistamines make the MDD much worse for me.
This is what **I** do: 1) Avoid the highest-histamine foods. No more kimchee. 2) Took large amounts of several histamine-lowering supplements. Vitamin B6 is one. There are many others to experiment with. Different people react differently, so YMMV. Certain foods and herbs act as antihistamines, too. 3) Avoid undereating and getting dehydrated. 4) Avoid letting iron levels fall too low.
For a while I still had to consciously avoid the trigger of staring at photos/artwork, but now I don't even have the urge.
Several writers on the topic think their high-histamine problem was brought on by childhood trauma affecting their nervous system, which ties in with what some MDD commenters describe. I think I just inherited mine from a parent. (A very spacy parent.)
Just to clarify, I've never seen this daydreaming problem described as a symptom of high histamine. "Obsessions" and "difficulty concentrating" are symptoms, so maybe it falls under those categories.
I hope this helps someone. I really identified with Bee Anchor's comment: "...MDD places you in a self-made bubble where you interact with people from behind a filter." And with the comments in the 3/27/14 discussion "How does MD shaped your life (for people over 30)."
I'm confused on what histamine is. I always thought it was what makes you sneeze, have allergies. You take things like Benadryl for it. I never heard of it being in food.
I agree it is confusing. Your body produces histamine, but foods also have varying amounts of it. If your body doesn't produce enough of the enzyme that breaks down food histamine, it will build up in your body. Some foods don't have histamine but have a substance that triggers the release of it in your body. Sometimes the cells in your body that produce histamine are leaky and it builds up that way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I discovered the connection when I was trying to get over a cold in time for a wedding. I took vitamin C all day, thousands of mgs. When the cold ended I could concentrate better than I had in years. . . . . . . . . . . . . Among other things, anything aged, dried, fermented, pickled, preserved or leftover has high histamine.
I do believe that childhood trauma and traumatic upbringing in bad harsh environments do cause maladaptive daydreaming. MDD is also a form of escape mechanism a maladaptive behavior to escape the trauma in real life, and it is similar to task unrelated thought which is a result of negative feedback and criticism brought upon you by others or parents too.
MDD is also caused i believe due to the hyperactive default mode network in the brain and elevated dopamine levels and active dopamine pathways in the brain. Those with higher default network activity during rest have a tende...
I have success in controlling it through practicing meditation and mindfulness practice living in the NOW and observing my thoughts.
Thanks for the link. It had a lot of interesting studies on it. I also googled for a link between histamine and dopamine levels, but mostly found articles saying histamine lowers dopamine. But some autism studies are looking at both. . . . . . . . . I have not had any luck meditating. it is very difficult.