Introducing myself and my long kept secret

I'm really glad to have stumbled on this site today. Last night I realized its been 8 years since I've been daydreaming everyday. I'm 20 and want to learn how to get rid of it.

I've never talked to anyone about this because it makes me feel psychotic! It's not normal to have your own world inside of your head. I literally have imaginary friends that I created. I don't talk to them aloud because I know they are not real, but its comforting to be able to sort things out to an imaginary person. 

So it all started when I was 12 and had the hugest crush on Cone from Sum 41. I also loved the entire band for their funny videos and awesome music. They seemed so down to earth, it was almost like they were friends to their fans. I was in a deep depression and it seemed that their music and videos were a source of relief. I don't remember how this started, but I know that I really wanted a boyfriend and for some reason never had one. One day I fantasized about having Cone as a boyfriend, but instead of Cone- it was his younger brother. Basically all of Sum 41 have younger brothers in this world. These guys became my friends as weird as that sounds. 

Eight years later, I still have these people in this fantasy world. There is no longer the pretend boyfriend aspect. But they are still "friends". I sort stuff out in my mind by thinking about what kind of conversations I would have with them. I even know the parents! (better than mine, except my mother.) The guys also think I'm the coolest and most beautiful girl ever.  I know this came from having a low self-esteem from when I was younger.  It's really stupid because I know that I'm genuinely in love with my current boyfriend. I wouldn't trade him for anything. We have an absolutely incredible connection. And it feels awful knowing that I have this secret, like he should know he's dating somebody that literally lives in an alternate reality.

This is definitely a coping mechanism. I'm much more outgoing and badass in this fantasy world. The parents are an interesting aspect in the dream world since I don't have a good relationship with my father (don't talk to him) or my step-father who treats me like absolute crap. He's just an awful person in general. My mother died of cancer a year and a half ago. She was my best friend in the entire world. I would ditch my friends to spend time with her; my friends would even ditch me for her! That's how amazing she was. She was very sick for a long time, even when I was 12, so that caused anxiety.

When I was younger, this happened because I was depressed and had a low self-esteem. I'm getting on the right track to having a better self-esteem but it is really hard. I'm not quite sure why I have such a low self-esteem. I know there are great things about me and that I am beautiful. Sometimes though- I feel quite the opposite. I guess its a girl thing.

Basically to sum it up, I feel that my self-esteem will not get better until I am able to quit living in this fantasy world. If I am so insecure that I take refuge in a pretend reality, I am putting some of me in this world that could be used in the real world.

Sorry for the rant, I just have never told anyone this secret for eight years. It feels really good to know that I'm not alone. 


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Comment by lizzy dagger on October 26, 2012 at 8:44am

I feel the same way as you. It's shocking to know that this is an actual problem people face. I thought I was alone.

And yes my mother was amazing. I miss her everyday.

I'm sorry to hear that your mother disappeared. I can imagine that you would rely on MD very much after this. When I've had trouble at home and felt lonely, that's how and when I started MDing. It's a coping mechanism, but I know that its definitely time consuming and probably not the most productive way to combat loneliness or stress.

I think that it will take us a long time to stop because its been a part of us and we trained ourselves to resort to daydreaming when the going gets tough. I'm able to function in everyday life but it sometimes gets in the way. Like last night I should have been doing homework and I somehow got stuck in daydream mode. Hopefully we can learn to control it and then figure out how to stop it. :)

Comment by Annie on October 25, 2012 at 10:15pm

I'm sorry to hear about your mom :(     She sounds like a great woman.

I lost my mother when I was young too. Not like death but she disappeared on my 13th birthday. I just came home and all her stuff was gone. This is where my DD became stronger, I felt abandoned. My father hated her so he didnt really allowed me to feel depressed. So, I immersed myself in my daydreams a a coping mechanism too.

 I also like you and many others on this site want to stop living in this fantasy world. Maybe together we can beat it. I didn't know MD existed until last year! I have had this since like forever! Just remember you are not alone and Welcome to Wild Minds =)

Comment by lizzy dagger on October 25, 2012 at 4:56pm

Thank you :) Yes we should try to get with it!

Comment by taffle on October 24, 2012 at 7:34am

You're not alone! I used to have lots of daydreams about my crushes too. Let's keep fighting MD and best of luck!

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