Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
For anyone, trying to stop MDing or curb it... the question we ask ourselves is when does DDing turn into MD. How much is too much? Should I not DD at all because it could lead to MD? Can I still DD but try to put limits on it? Am I capable of putting limits on it or does it become a slippery slope? Should I just avoid my favorite MD scenarios that lead to bingeing where I daydream for hours on end? How do I manage this?
Dr. Eli Somér who first proposed the phrase,…Continue
I haven't really had any major withdrawals from MD, yet. I noticed that I am having creative urges. For example, I was walking my son to daycare and I looked intently at a tree and the grooves in its bark - they looked like wrinkles - I wanted to take out a pad and just draw every indentation, curve, valley, peak, shading of the bark of the tree. I have never taken an art or drawing class. I think I may just do that one day- just sit by a tree and draw it. Maybe take a drawing class.
I thought I would experiment for the next thirty days and do my best to not MD. Today, there was no MD. It was difficult as I was walking around the park with my son in his stroller and I wanted to daydream. Instead, I felt the hot scorching sun on my face and watched other parents with their kids. My son is only 22 months but he always wants to try the playground equipment that is really for older kids. Really admire his adventurous spirit and his confidence. I normally now would turn…Continue
I am not sure if I will be able to get rid of MD completely but I hope to try to manage it. One thing, I have been doing is DDing while exercising. I DD with music while I am exercising on the elliptical. I end up staying on the elliptical longer as I don't want to stop DD. lol This way I have been getting my DD fix but I am also getting healthy.
I guess someone from the outside looking in would not think MD has affected my life. I am an attorney at a Fortune 500 Company. In addition to my JD, I have two master degrees. I have been married for 17 years and have a son. BUT MD has affected my life. I think I could have more friends than I do now if I wasn't devoting my extra time to DD. Although I did keep in touch with my mom over the years, I should have called more - but she is dead now from ovarian cancer. I also would keep…Continue
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