Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
My name is Nicole and I have suffered from MD since kindergarten. Perhaps I'm delusional, but I am under the firm belief that you can get rid of your "world". I think of escaping to my "world" as an addiction I need to break. I hope that these tips help you:
Well, I hope this helps. I just went through a 2 month cycle of not thinking about my world at all, and sadly have thought of it for the past few days. I'm re-committing myself today to getting rid of it, and thought that writing this article would help.
I can do it, and you can do. Avoid the bars, change your life, and live in this amazing world.
I believe also with enough discipline and motivation anyone can change their life and I think for a lot of people daydreaming can be overcome eventually. However as much as I think it's all well and good to avoid triggers or try and spend time in the real world there needs to be some understanding of why daydreaming became such a difficult and life consuming problem in the first place. For some people their reason might be obvious but for people, like me, their seems to be no distinct underlining reason as such.
For me I don't really want a cure, I just want more control and it's my belief that that can also be achieved but I feel maybe that takes more discipline as you need to know exactly when enough is enough which isn't always easy. I suppose for me it's made harder by the fact I can project my world onto the real world i.e with enough thought and visualization it's very easy for me to hallucinate my world and as I have described it in the past it's like an overlay layer on the physical world so the line between fantasy and reality is one that is often blurred. I also suffer from psychosis which involves hallucinations which I do not control and so that makes me feel very isolated as well and adds to this feeling of being detached from reality so I'm not really sure where to start on my journey to "recovery". Ironically enough 2 of my hallucinations give me advice on how to progress in life.
I think people really need to come to a conclusion as to why daydreaming has become such a problem for them and then find ways to distance themselves from it if that's what they want and I believe you have come up with quite a lot of helpful advice on how that can be achieved.
Thanks for sharing your advice!
This was very detailed and helpful, especially number three. You mentioned music was your biggest trigger. It is mine as well. I find music the hardest to avoid, it is my distresser after work and I listen to it drying to and from work. It may sound silly, but when you cut music out--what methods did you do and how long would you say it took to stop immediately sleeping into MDing upon hearing music. I know you said you still kinda do, but it probably isn't as bad as it once was...
I think if I can go three months avoiding music then i think I can reintroduce it back into my life without slipping into MDing too much. I've already identified why daydreaming has become so consuming so I'm on the right path. Its just music is a terrible trigger.
Great tips; very good to hear someone else getting better!
God is great and I also believe He played a huge part in me being able to stop MD.