Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I posted here in March about my daydreaming and since then, I have made tremendous improvements. I am writing this to describe my experience on how I dealt with this issue. Unfortunately I had to get on medication. But that's okay, as long as I am making improvements and moving forward with my life. I see this as a short term solution but it is a good step forward.
First, at the advice of my doctor and therapist, I decided to see a Psychiatrist. I started by describing all my symptoms and we went on from there. I started on Prozac 20mg which made me feel a lot better after 2 months. I have noticed that I can daydream, but it doesn't give me the euphoria and satisfaction that I used to feel. I now think mostly about what I need to get done, and get those things done easily.
I have taken steps like updating my resume and applying for jobs. I am more open and honest with my feelings and I don't feel so alone anymore. I am biking a lot more and I am taking care of myself. I have also been actively trying to maintain friendship with the few friends that I already have.
It took a lot of work, trial and error on medication and unpleasant side effects to get here (Prozac was not the first medication that I started on). Now that I am here, I am happy. I know what I need to do to achieve my goals. And when I tell myself to do something, I just do it. I don't have the feeling of wanting to escape to a fantasy land. Being on this medication finally helped me realize that this is my reality and I need to do something about it. Hopefully I can update again and have better news.
[Btw I am uninsured, and as such I know these services can be expensive. I used a online teledoc service which is affordable. I also called around many psychiatrists and compared costs before I settled for the one that I have now. They are not cheap, but still cheaper than the rest. I see this as investing into my future.]
I hope this helps!