Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Hi I was just wondering at what age people started maladaptive daydreaming? I was always a dreamy kid but I think I got considerably worse by about thirteen when things got difficult at school. However I think my MD probably started when I was sixteen - that's when I started pacing, losing sleep, avoiding friends etc. to daydream.
For me it was some time in middle school - I'm not quite sure when I transitioned from normal playing, but I think it was around age eleven that I started to prefer time and space to daydream alone rather than engaging in imaginative play with other children. I actually started being bullied pretty bad at that age, so in retrospect it makes sense that that's when I may have developed MDD.
Since I was 7-ish. Maybe even before.
I used to think everyone did it, and I would tell my cousins about it. I cant pinpoint a reason for why I did it, it was just fun and satisfying. It still is - but of course now I am adult and I'm supposed to be productive, so it gets in the way far too often.
I remember mine started at about 8, but I have been imaginative even before that age. It just the matter that at about 8 I started to have more free time and came along with some very well written stories, which triggered me hard to develop one for myself. I didn't think it will be an issue and I had a satisfied life, but only before high school. It only becomes out of control when it turned into a mechanism against social life instead of boredom. Unfortunately for me, it still serves both purposes till now, and I am 19 studying in college.
Not positive, but very young likely before 5 years old. I am now almost 69 and have DD’d most of my life. It has had a very negative effect on all of my relationships and looking back, well, it saddens me.
I have no idea when I started. It was before I can remember. My theory is that I first did it with the "blankie" I used to carry around everywhere. That's because the way I do it now, by manipulating the ends of a string with my fingers, is similar to how I might have played with the corners of my "blankie."
I remember myself my first day dreaming at age of 10. But i didn't know i was day dreaming. At the age of 21 i came to understand i have some disorder. then i went to Doctor, Doctor said it OCD, But medicines didnt worked on me. Before 2 months i came to know that its name is Maladaptive day dreaming from internet
I can't remember a time when I didn't daydream excessively. I would have been a toddler when my family broke up and had long periods travelling in a car when I would rock back and forth listening to music. My family initially found it funny but the joke wore thin as I grew older and things began to get broken (sofa springs, wooden slats on bed frames) yet were too embarrassed to ask for help for me. At 46, I'm still daydreaming - my husband and daughter know it's something I do when I'm trying to calm down or make sense of things. I really want to stop now - I'm setting a bad example and feel so tired and ashamed.