Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I always thought of my problem with MD as some kind of addiction but after a while when I began reflecting about it, I noticed it was always extremely severe during times when I had more or less conscious fears like to fail or not being good enough, being rejected or whatever. So MD was also a way fo me to deal with these fears.
That's why I was very intrigued when I saw a small lecture by the German neuroscientist Gerald Hüther about addictions that put these "observations" together. IMO it also explains MD or at least it helped me to understand my behaviour better.
I know my English is not the best in the world but here's my translation of his lecture:
According do him addictions are initially coping strategies.
There are coping strategies like gathering knowledge, wielding power (esp. when your fear is to be helpless), doing drugs etc
People “pick” one (or more) of these strategies to cope with their fears. As a result your brain releases dopamin and you feel good.
The more often the strategy is used the more dopamine is released and the more this behavioral pattern gets established. Your brain forms new connections so that after a while it's like a small trail is formed in your brain You still have a certain control over your behaviour.
But the more often this trail = strategy is used the more new connections are build in your brain until the trail finally becomes - of course metaphorically- a huge Highway
Then you've (almost or completely) lost control over your behaviour. Now you're an addict, which creates new fears and other negative feelings.
You can only end your addiction when you manage to get rid of your primary fear.
Do you think that's understandable and plausible?
This makes since and I have slowly come to that realization, but I never saw a chart like this and that helps.
Your English is just fine. Also, I think that could be true for some people, those who used MD as a coping strategy, and maybe some who started a little later in life. Personally, for me, it's more of a way of processing emotion and, I think, making sense of what's happened in the day (like, understanding why people did/said things they did, etc) I just need to find good times to do this, I think.
But this is very good (and better than some similar explanations I've seen, thanks to the diagrams)
well..that makes sense..