"I can relate to all of this. I have a wonderful life but I just need variety and to escape sometimes from traumatic memories of a hard childhood. I think I’ve built 30 worlds, Catsined ten spaceships, Commanded twenty three armies, tamed three…"
"I don’t recommend sharing this with your wife, as it will definitely change the dynamics of your relationship. I’ve managed world building and other correlating fantasies with a very happy marriage, a career, my own business, friendships…"
"When your MD interferes in your life, you may need some help. Therapy would be a good start to figure out how to differentiate between real life and fantasy so the effort you put into daydreaming or vengeance fantasy’s can be shifted into you…"
"Yes, you seem to be using maladaptive daydreaming to cope with self esteem issues. This sounds very common. I do the same except I’ve built entire worlds and lived entire lives in correlation with a marriage, a career and strong friendships.…"
"First of all, know that you arent alone. Second, know that what you are experiencing seems to be normal side effects of MDD. I have had this issue since I can remember. I have an extensive education, a career, hobbies and a husband. You can learn…"
"Searching, I used MDD as a coping mechanism for childhood abuse. Now, it is my natural default when I feel uncertain, fearful and scared. I like my MDD because it is a safe place to fall. I pretend in my real life as I go through motions, settled…"
"This is a very interesting topic and Matthew makes some great points. I just want to add that even though I’m very extroverted and friendly, everything feels fake. I’m cute, tiny and personality plus so I have tons of attention, but I…"
"I do this when I’m missing validation, stimulation or mental acuity with others. It can be vexing because you end the lecture and realize no one witmessed some very interesting things you had to say. (I’m not sure how profound they are…"
"If anything, it makes me more interested in the world around me. I am great at friendships, relationships, and have my own consultation service. I think I’ve learned how to balance MDD with my life so I don’t use it to replace much, but…"
"Every genre, I think. Though sci-fi and fantasy are my favorite. Currently I’m an Intergalactic Ambassador kidnapped by hostile aliens who are humanoid but with cyborg bodies. I always gravitate to strong characters too because I feel so…"