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Hello, I'm new and looking for advice

I'm Mark, I'm 23, and live in the UK. I was linked to this site through an article on MD.



I have been stuck in daydreams for as long as I remember. As soon as I was old enough to draw and write I have kept records of them, and my daydream worlds are numerous and very detailed. I didn't realise it might be unusual or a problem until I tried to stop, and didn't last five minutes. They're so real. I don't know what to do.



My question is, how do I seek professional help and… Continue

Added by Mark on December 4, 2022 at 8:14am — No Comments

Hey Y'all

I have been unbelievably busy (barely any time for daydreaming lol). I know there are several things I need to respond to but I'm still in the middle of things (that I can't wait to write about). So I'm just making a quick blog post to say I haven't gone anywhere : ) And I'm so excited to read what's been posted since I got so busy!

Added by Elaine on December 3, 2022 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

I Went to the Club

I can't dance.

Never could. I f*ck up the macarena y'all. I just can't dance. I canNOT twerk; I can't stay on beat. I can body roll and just vibe in place lol, but that's about it.

I also am not great with rights and lefts. Simple addition and subtraction; I'm a calculus tutor. AND operatic soprano- great voice (if I do say so myself); bad at karaoke, like horsesh*t. Maybe one day. My point is, I think I'm like, dyslexic but for beats and cardinal directions. It…

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Added by Elaine on November 18, 2022 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

Organize a meeting like AA

Hello,my name is Liv. I keep thinking about an idea that how about we organize a meeting like what alcoholics anonymous does. Just share, talk and let each other know that we are not alone. For me, MD is a addiction. I believe people finding this forum either have MD or already have conquered it. Those experience is valuable and meaningful for every one suffering MD. I heard that because of epidemic some AA meetings are transferred online in zoom. Maybe we can do the same things too. I mean we… Continue

Added by Liv on November 18, 2022 at 6:37am — 5 Comments

Guide for Older Users

Hi, my name is Elaine, I just started posting today, and just read a suggestion that made me think of one of my own.

An older user suggested basically that there should be a commonly accepted age limit to daydreaming, which would be 25. I see the logic, but I think ultimately this user just picked that number arbitrarily for the year he thought that he could've/should've turned his life around.

He was last active in 2021, and who knows if he'll ever visit…

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Added by Elaine on November 15, 2022 at 4:20pm — 7 Comments

Tumblr

I mean why not.

If you want to be tumblr mutuals, shoot me a friend request.

Added by Elaine on November 15, 2022 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Do I have to call it "maladaptive"?

When I first heard the term "maladaptive daydreaming", it hit me like a freight truck. I knew exactly what it meant, but I never looked into it before now. Not on purpose or anything, I guess I was a little scared because "maladaptive"!? That sounds bad.



I mean, I get it and it's not a bad descriptor at all. But honestly, it kept me from wanting to learn what anyone else had to say about this. Because, what if the general consensus is that I fall into the "needs fixing"… Continue

Added by Elaine on November 15, 2022 at 9:41am — No Comments

MD can be good?

I am 25 years old and have daydreams since my childhood. I was very neglected, I went through abuse, mistreatment and abandonment by my parents. So the daydreams at first became a refuge, since my life sucked. The problem is that it got bigger, the stories more and more realistic and I came to prefer to lie there imagining it instead of doing the least for my real life. I went to therapy, but no psychologist paid attention to it. They told me it was normal and that one hour it would stop. But I… Continue

Added by Kelly on November 4, 2022 at 12:05pm — 3 Comments

MD from childhood

Hello, I'm new to here. I'm a daydreamer from my very early childhood, now I'm 40 years old. In the last few years I felt something is not good but when I tried to stop it I felt fear and loneliness even I had suicide thoughts so I returned to my fantasy as it scared me. I was looking for what the problem is, I thought it's something special. 3 days ago I realized I'm not alone and it has a name: maladaptive daydream disorder.

I've had several childhood trauma which led me into several… Continue

Added by Kitti on October 17, 2022 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

MD just fading away

I am 20 now and I used to be utterly immersed in daydreaming since as young as I can remember. My dreamworld was constantly growing increasingly complex. This continued until I turned 18 and moved out. At the time, I had a lot of trauma in relation to my family, but as soon as I moved out, the daydreams just… faded away. No compulsions. It’s almost like I grew out of it. It’s odd, it’s been two years and I still haven’t had a compulsion. It’s incredibly freeing, but I miss it. Anyways I’m not… Continue

Added by Fallen Messenger on October 16, 2022 at 6:36am — 3 Comments

Hello!

Hello! I'm new to the community. I don't know when I started MDing, exactly, but it was when I was in eighth grade that I started the pacing, and it got more frequent. That's when I started online school and didn't really have any friends. I felt isolated and weird, so it was a nice way to play pretend and imagine a world where I was pretty, thin (I was very insecure about my weight), and successful, where I traveled and constantly got to see new things and meet new people-- and where I didn't… Continue

Added by Mary on October 10, 2022 at 10:24pm — 4 Comments

Maladaptive Daydreaming

Hello,

Our names are Elise van Hoevelaak and Karen van Leeuwen. We're 17 years old and from The Netherlands. I (Karen) have been experiencing Maladaptive Daydreams since I was about 14 years old.

Currently, we are working on a school project about Maladaptive Daydreaming. While we were doing our research, we stumbled across this network. We were wondering if you are willing to fill out this survey (anonymously) to help us with our project. …

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Added by Karen van Leeuwen on October 9, 2022 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Work in progress

Hi, I am new here. I’ ve been doing MD since I was…I think…12 years old. I didn’t know that something like MD even existed, before I’ ve found this page. As I am learning more and more about me and things that MD supresses, everything seems to make more sence. I’ll appreciate every help I can get here. I am still not fully recovered, yet I now know, that going back is not the right way (despite it being so easy to return to my old habits). I am open to everyone, who would like to talk in…

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Added by Rami on September 17, 2022 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Help!!

Hello, I have daydreams for 20 years, I need help, I don't know what to do, I can't control it and when I try to stop it feels like my head is going to explode and I get very anxious.

Added by Bruno on August 30, 2022 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Like clockwork

Well, it's been a good while. Years, to be precise, though you wouldn't know it to look at me.

It's so utterly soul-crushing, and yet so fascinating, to watch time pass and the details change while the foundations of one's life remain exactly the same. I've heard it said that "history never repeats, but it often rhymes", and I couldn't agree more.

Please forgive the vagueness, I know I'm going to sound overly cryptic. I'm just thinking out loud. Something has happened to me…

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Added by Camoran on August 26, 2022 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Rota de escape.

Olá,pessoal. Tenho devaneio excessivos desde uns 8 anos de idade. Não me lembro muito como começou,mas sei que foi na época em que meus pais começaram a se desenteder constantemente. Talvez isso tenha afetado a minha mente em busca de um pai melhor,ou algo assim. Bom,desde então eu fico o dia inteiro no meu quarto ouvindo musicas e imaginando pessoas(geralmente homens,como meus professores,por exemplo)sendo presentes em minha vida,vendo o quão sou esforçada... mas na realidade,estou… Continue

Added by Letícia on July 29, 2022 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

Long-going Maladaptive Daydreaming

Hi everyone. This is new to me... talking to people about my mental habits and what not. I recently saw a study about overactive imagination. After reading about it and watching videos/lectures on it I realized that I have the habits and traits of it. After doing further study I heard about <maladaptive Daydreaming. This is my exprience with it

I have a fantasy world and when I'm bored, stressed or overstimulated I got there. I have had it for like 10 years. The fantasy…

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Added by Wibbles on July 20, 2022 at 1:36pm — 3 Comments

I lost the most important year of my life to MD.

I'm a 17 year old, who's just finished schooling. My final examinations got over last month and I'm currently preparing for the competitive exams, more like trying to prepare for them. I haven't been able to study properly for the past one year and I still can't focus. I'd taken therapy last year to treat a mental health issue but just as the therapy got over, I fell into this trap of MD. And I haven't told anyone about this because I have a very strong feeling that nobody will understand.…

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Added by SKG on July 18, 2022 at 4:00am — 12 Comments

Dissertation research project: Maladaptive Daydreaming Study: An exploration into Individual differences

Hi there,  I would be grateful if you could help me with my research project :), many thanks Gill

You are invited to take part in an important study looking at the individual differences in people who self-identify as a Maladaptive Daydreamer. You will be required to complete an online questionnaire which should take no longer than 25 minutes.

Please click this link to take part in the study…

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Added by Gill on July 4, 2022 at 12:11pm — No Comments

been gone a long while; social isolation

For the first 5 1/2 months of this year, I had stayed in a behavioral facility (not for MD, though I don't want to share the personal details of the reasons why I was there). I just got back home last week. While I was there, I was forced to share an entire living space with several other girls. Think of military barracks. There was one room with bunk beds lining the entirety of one wall. We were supervised constantly. About 17 weeks into the program, a few of us (ones with the best…

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Added by Trinity on June 27, 2022 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

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