Hey all. I am relatively new to this community but definitely not new to this condition. Only recently I have discovered maladaptive daydreaming is actually a thing that other people do and struggle with. I'm 40 years old and have realized that I've been doing this since at least grade 7, all because I couldn't cope with being myself. I had a very emotionally and physically abusive home life and was bullied a lot in school back before the Internet was a thing. So I began escaping into this fantasy world where I can control the outcomes and everything would be fine. The problem is I haven't stopped doing it and feel it consumes my life too much. I only do it when I am alone and I live alone with my cat. I want to figure out how to break this sucks and rediscover who I am. I don't think I can be happy u til I pick up these fragmented pieces of my identity that are the basis of these characters and pull them together in one identity. I think I've convinced myself I'm not worth it so that's why I turn to this world. Now that I have discovered that this is what I have, I need help on what to do next. Advice is greatly appreciated.