Where wild minds come to rest
I'm Michael Gibson (some of my friends call me "Sparky), I live in Albany Oregon and am 53 yrs old. I've had strong sensory independant imagitive abilities sense childhood, but did not find my daydreams becoming addictive until the late '80's. I've always known that I could not be the only one, but did not find this site until today and I just have to say ... Thank god!
Thank all of you for just being you .. and thanks especially to Cordellia for starting this group. (Chalk one up for Oregon!)
I've not had much time to look into all of the links regarding MD, though I've read an abstract of Dr. Schupak's work. First thing I noticed is her sensitive and respectful approach to the problem we have; and the second thing I noticed is this, she avoids the label "disorder." I thank her for that as I believe that label is loaded with negative and stimatizing connotations which accomplishes little for people who have conditions that do fit within the DSM. Since this condition is new to most psychiatrists/psychologists, I propose that those of us who have this condition fight to avoid this label now, in case our syndrome gains attention within the psychiatric community. In future posts you may hear me repeat that theme. Words have power, and we need to impower ourselves.
One of you mentioned the importance of inspiration in our lives. (Sorry, I can't remember who just now.) I would like to say that inspiration is the gateway for me. Where I don't find it in actual life, I'll invent it in my daydreams. And of course frustration, stress, loneliness are also major triggers. (BTW .. If you are a non-smoker, don't start. I've found that the two addictions synergize with each other, each will trigger the other .. "like putting out fire with gasoline.")
In all, I think that those of us who have MD are likely very creative and intelligent people or we wouldn't find ourselves in this situation in the first place. And, if we could find a way to really harness this power we have, we would be able to make a real difference in the lives of others, and of course ourselves.
OK, about this last part, go ahead and call me a dreamer .. LOL .. let's just say I have a hope! And that this site is very hopeful. It is so hard to face an addiction, and to do it alone. You have done everyone a great service by starting this site Cordellia, thanks again.
The day after tomorrow, (9/14) I'll be taking off for a (real, not imaginary!) camping trip, so I might not be back on site until the next week. Until then .. take care folks!