Where wild minds come to rest
Here's my problem, I really just want to know if anybody has suggestions to help because my Maladaptive daydreaming is just getting to the stage where it is making me feel like i'm crazy (which i know i'm not). Okay for a little backstory just incase it helps at all, I started Maladaptive daydreaming about 4 and a half years ago and until about a year ago i saw nothing wrong with it. Because why would you stop something that made you happy right? but then it started affecting my grades because whenever i would start studying i would daydream and then it started affecting my ability to socialise. I believe that i've got it because i have pretty bad anxiety. About 6 weeks ago i was able to stop for about a week and then it started again even worse than it had been previously and then about two weeks later I stopped for about 2 days and then had to started again because i just got so upset because it was like the one thing that made me happy. Also the two times i stopped i got this really weird like 'empty' feeling in my stomach.
I've done a awful lot of research on it and just about everyone says find your triggers but the problem is my triggers are things that i really enjoy - for example a part of my daydream is involved in the fashion industry which i am genuinely interested in and enjoy in the real world yet most of them time i think about it or look at it the daydreams start. Another one which is a big thing is there is this celebrity that no matter how many times the plot changes is always my boyfriend in the story and the thing that makes this worse for me is that i really enjoy his music and enjoy how he acts as a person so i dont just want to stop engaging with him.
One last thing i have no control over it what so ever like when it wants to start it will and it keeps my awake at night and even if i'm trying to do work for school i get to distracted thinking about it.
I know none of this really makes any sense i'm just kind of writing what comes to my head because i'm starting to feel desperate to get it to stop.
If anyone who has been able to stop or has lessened the amount that they daydream has any suggestions they would be so greatly appreciated