Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Hi everyone, I have had maladaptive daydreaming since I was about 13, but I have always had fantasy worlds since I was very little. I am now 22 and I decided to try and stop this. I also have social anxiety, which is probably the main reason this has become an addiction for me. In the past I used to feel extremely empty inside when I tried to stop, but luckily I don't feel that way anymore. However, I still find virtually impossible to stop having conversations with people in my head. I know that that is a pretty normal thing for people to do, but for me it is a trigger that makes me start my daydreaming again (i.e. I start doing things that hinder my productivity in real life, rather than just thinking WHILE I'm doing real life things ). It is a compulsion that I can't stop. It just happens CONSTANTLY without me even noticing. No matter how hard I try I just can't stop doing it. I want to channel it into something else so it won't make me daydream. So, I want to know if anyone can suggest anything I can do to divert my mind to something else. Because right now I have conversations with specific, imaginary people in my head that are part of my fantasies, which is why it is a trigger for me. I just wish I could think about something else that wouldn't cause me to slip back into this.