Maladaptive Daydreamers

Discuss & share what it's like living with this emerging disorder.

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Has anyone else realized this?

Started by Amber. Last reply by Talyla Aug 11, 2019. 28 Replies

Probably only people who need to move when they daydream can relate to this..I've recently realized that when I'm in my room or alone somewhere, I automatically start to move around and/or pace when…Continue

When did you start daydeaming a lot?

Started by Hanna Holm. Last reply by Silla Bakht Jul 27, 2018. 28 Replies

The title pretty much explains it.I think I started daydreaming in the "world" that I daydream in when I was 8. Don't really know why but I do remember thinking about the future and wondering what it…Continue

Do your romantic relationships in you daydreams affect your relationships in real life

Started by Shae. Last reply by Silla Bakht Jul 27, 2018. 3 Replies

My therapist has to constantly remind me that my romantic relationships in my daydreams are just a fantasy. I'm worried I will never truly enjoy my romantic relationship because I continue to compare…Continue

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Started by Lilly Dec 28, 2017. 0 Replies

   Hi I'm  Lilly 23 years old. i started day dreaming when was very young. i even remember my daydreams that i dreamt back then. i have a very huge imagination.  it was never a problem when i was…Continue

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Comment by Edneia de Santana Dias on September 9, 2016 at 5:17pm
Olá, sou nova aqui no site mas desde o achei bastante interessante e de grande ajuda. Devaneio desde os cinco anos, mesmo não tendo sabido o nome e que era anormal. Tenho ido a psicóloga, tem ajudado, mas acho que conversar com pessoas que têm o mesmo problema ajudaria ainda mais. Moro em Salvador, Bahia, Brasil, se alguém que more aqui tiver interesse sobre montar encontros, por favor falar comigo no meu e-mail
Comment by Blake Ismail on July 26, 2015 at 1:54pm ive had md for as long as i remember..its cost me alot so far..including my high skul grades..Im at uni now and its still proving to be an obstacle, i find it so hard to study because Im always in my fantasies..Its like its compulsive...even if i try to fight it, its as if the convulsion just builds up and eventually im swept away into an episode..when i as younger, I would pace up and down, these days tho Ive learned to hide it..Im 22 now lol..i wish I cud just switch it relly does put me in e worst of situations and getting judged aint fun neither especially cause people have no idea of e truth

Comment by Katie on March 24, 2015 at 12:56am
Hello all, I am new here. I've just discovered MD (the term anyways) and figured I should join this site. I have never talked about my MD with anyone, ever, and thought it might be good if I did. Anyways, just wondering what y'all do on here. Do you just post about anything pertaining to MD or what?
Comment by srikanth on February 7, 2015 at 6:13am

i have seen some people posting in the internet ,md for them has been cured by taking prescribed meds from their doctors. is this real. can it be cured by meds.

Comment by Kayla Corcoran on July 17, 2014 at 8:34pm

I do daydream a lot. I guess it was the way I played. Apparently I fantasized more than most kids. I do remember having an active imagination, and still do. I'm still in my own world a lot, but it's harder to tell. That was a big reason why I was diagnosed with Aspergers. Although I didn't fit many of the symptoms, like lack of eye contact, the ability to read others, understand metaphor, or relate to others. I just liked creating stories in my head, and imagining a situation I'd rather be in. A lot of my daydreaming now is things I want to do. It is hard to pull out of it, and be in the present. Although I'm pretty good at interacting with people, I mostly just get bogged down with the day to day stuff. I often check out of reality. Although I often share my plans with others. I'm just worried sometimes, I spend too much time planning, 'll run out of time. It sometimes causes anxiety though, because I over think doing something, or talking to someone, to realize it was for nothing. 

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on July 17, 2014 at 12:13pm

Kayla, it's hard to say based on what you described.  Every child plays, and everyone daydreams.  Do you daydream a lot?  Do you still do these things?  Do you have elaborate fantasies that suck you in for long periods of time?  Are you having trouble interacting in the real world?  

Comment by Kayla Corcoran on July 17, 2014 at 12:09pm

Does this sound MDD? My mom tells me stories from when I was really young. When I was like two, and three. I think I vaguely remember. She says I would play alone with my toys. She said I would play out elaborate stories, with my toys. I would make characters talk to each other. I would also make up stories, and say them aloud.

Also this is probably a stretch, but I would sit on random peoples porches. I guess it may be related. This was when I was two to four maybe.I just thought my parents, and sister, whose a year older was mad at me. So I would imagine people in general, who wouldn't be mad, and be happy to see me. I would sit on their porch. Luckily none of them were dangerous, and I was so young. All they ever did was say how cute I was, or scold my parents. 

Sound like MDD? There's many things I suspect are MDD. I just want to make sure I'm on the right track as far as understanding?

Comment by Kayla Corcoran on July 17, 2014 at 11:52am

I think I may have this disorder, but so many doctors have said so many things. These phycological conditions, are so hard to get a handle on. Everyone throws labels, on me, so quickly, and absolute. This doctor diagnosed me with Aspergers from 7 to 16. My parents, questioned it, but it wasn't changed till we got a second opinion. I'm hoping people here can help me figure out if I really have this. I have Irelen Syndrome. Bipolar has been suspected, which I think I have. I'm officially diagnosed as major depression, but I think it's bipolar. I have undiagnosed Tourette Syndrome, but at least I finally got medicine for it. A lot of blame, and misunderstanding.  

Comment by Chloe Welsh on May 20, 2014 at 2:07pm
I have searched for years in a hope to find a name for my problem, not wanting to have to accept the whole "you're crazy!" thing. I don't think k can possibly describe the relief I felt when I stumbled across this, the feeling of being alone, being weird, and the fear of being a schizophrenic were gone immediately.

I just want to thank whoever made this a "thing", and not just something that makes me look like a two year old.

Hopefully I can get support and be there to support others in the coming years with this disorder (that isn't a disorder yet, but it's a disorder to us, so who cares, right?).

Peace to y'all!

Chloe :3
Comment by The1andonlyAbber on May 15, 2014 at 7:46pm
I've been daydreaming for as long as I can remember, but it really took off when I was 8. I had an imaginary world with imaginary friends, but I rarely called it that or even thought of it as that because even though I knew it wasn't real I wanted to believe that it was so badly. My imaginary world ran side-by-side with the real world (meaning, a lot of things were the same--for example, I lived in the same place but my house was different). This meant I only came out of my world maybe once every two months (because I never really needed to) and whenever I did I felt so sad that I just slipped right back. Despite how weird my imaginary world was and how many inconsistencies there were in the storyline, reality felt much stranger because I wasn't used to it. It got less bad after my family moved when I was 9, but in the past year it's been rapidly getting worse, and I'm worried that it's going to be like it was when I was 8 all over again. And since I'm in high school it will be even less socially acceptable and interfere with my life even more.

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