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Anyone Else DDing Since Childhood?

As I've been reading blog posts (and, yes, I've already sort of touched on this in my Introductions blog post) I've been noticing that a lot of people have been talking about their MD beginning sometime in their teens or young adult years. They talk about when they started doing it and what made them start. As I've already mentioned, though, DDing has been a large and disruptive part of my life since as far back as I can remember. And, according to my parents, it's been happening even before I can remember.

So, I guess I'm just wondering: Is there anyone else here who has suffered from MD since early childhood? Anyone else who has no memory of how this all began because it started before you could remember?

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Comment by KwanKwan on December 2, 2012 at 12:20pm

i started doing "regular" daydreaming when iw as like 6yrs old but it was like what every other kid did. Then when i was like 10yrs i had a lot of stress and problems and thats when the maladaptive daydreaming started.

Comment by taffle on November 28, 2012 at 7:31am

Yep, I DD a lot in my childhood. I think I started around age 7 or 8 . We used to rent videos of dramas, and whenever we watched one, I would DD about that particular drama.

Comment by Jennifer on November 28, 2012 at 7:28am
I'm currently a teenager. I'm 15 years old, and my MD began long ago. Well, the daydream plot I still continue to this day began when I was only 8 or 9, and in the third grade. However, I've been daydreaming for as long as I can remember. I would make up all these little scenarios, sometimes with my sister, and would act them out. My sister eventually grew out of it...I didn't. But, I honestly think MD was something I was just born with, not something that developed over time.
I've experienced a load of loss and grief in my life, and believe that I currently use the daydream plot I still have today (the one I started when I was in the 3rdthird grade) as an escape from this evil world. It's not used for just mere fun anymore. It's serious. I've been using my MD for serious reasons for about 2 years now. I have lost 4 people in 5 years in my family, and my uncle is dying right now. Soon it will be 5 people in 6 years. I know he won't make it. Like I said, my MD did not develop from these experiences. They are just affecting how I use my MD.
Comment by Jade on November 28, 2012 at 5:14am

My MD world has changed dramatically too Sakshi. Unfortunately mine has become a little more violent than I would class as normal but it is what it is. For me when I was younger my MD world was very much child fantasy, a place I'd created to escape life, a beautiful place that any child would dream of going. But as I've got older its become more influenced by realities depressions and difficulties, so much so that's it not always a nice place to go but most times its fine x

Comment by Maya on November 28, 2012 at 5:09am

I also remember myself DDing since I know myself. But my stories have changed so much from time to time. Now what is my MD is not like it was then. 

Has the same thing happened with anyone else?

Comment by Jade on November 28, 2012 at 4:57am

I've been doing it since I was 8, but I've come to a conclusion that it was down to my mum and her disruptive behaviour. But as many have said MDing sometimes gives you good feelings so you don't want to stop, a form of escapism if you like. But other times its so annoying, specially for me when I'm out in public and suddenly go into my MD world, I lose all concentration and sense of my surroundings x 

Comment by Crissy on November 27, 2012 at 11:59pm
I remember doing this at around six but my mother said it started much earlier.
Comment by OhMyMagenta on November 27, 2012 at 8:38pm
I started at a young age, maybe 5 or 6. Difficulty coping with childhood trauma. I liked the good feelings DD gave me, so I never stopped.
Comment by northern gal on November 27, 2012 at 7:28pm

I was pretty young...can't remember when I started...both my parents worked in my family's business where we lived also, and the hours were long...24/7.  It helped that I did DD as I  put my older brother to bed every night by telling him bedtime stories that I made up, as it was long before I was old enough to read.

Comment by DebbieP. on November 27, 2012 at 7:14pm

I started when I was either 7 or 8.  Abusive and lonely home, etc.  The escape turned into addiction.

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