Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I’m certain I fit the criteria for maladaptive daydreaming. My question is, when should I get help. My daydreaming interferes with my focus such that I can’t read much (something I used to enjoy), but I’m doing well in school, and am okay socially. I’m sixteen, and I live with my parents, and I’ve joked about my daydreaming with them( I have very physical ticks when I daydream), which was my way of opening up discussions, but they didn’t really respond, and I’ve been afraid to bring it up again. My daydreams are somewhat disturbing, and I can’t explain the depth of my fantasy world because of that. I know I want to get help eventually, but is now the right time? Do psychiatrists/psychologists generally understand maladaptive daydreaming? If you’ve explained maladaptive daydreaming to family members has support outweighed discomfort? Did they treat you differently, or become uncomfortable around you? How did you approach it in a way that showed the seriousness and severity without appearing crazy? Thanks.