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1.What are some of your triggers?

2.What has made you daydream for so many years? What has motivated you to keep daydreaming

and not want to stop?

3.Has daydreaming slowly become boring to you or is it now just a addiction that cant be stopped?

4.What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped?

5. How has it interfere with your daily life?

6.How many hours a day do you day dream?

7. Are you attached to the characters or people on in your daydream.

 

I would love your feedback!!

 

--Mynx

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Comment by Mynx on July 4, 2013 at 9:09pm

Sorry for the super late reply guys! But all of these answers makes my daydreaming seem so less serious. I feel like my way of curing my own MD is to just fulfill some of daydreams, get out more and learn to let some of them go. I think for me I just need to find some more fun things to do with my life and get some more of my goals in my real life accomplished so I wont have to daydream. Since I've always been a loner I think my cure is just to live life more and focus and find the fun in my everyday life. I have the biggest issue with the same routine day in and day out so I think a change if scenery is what I need!

Comment by Beatrix Kiddo on June 1, 2013 at 3:17am

1.What are some of your triggers?

Everything can be my trigger. From songs to movies, from everyday events & actions to news, from meeting new people to working, lolol!

2.What has made you daydream for so many years? What has motivated you to keep daydreaming

and not want to stop?

I guess the excitement of daydreaming being "forbidden", -I like forbidden things- or maybe the boredom of everyday life.

3.Has daydreaming slowly become boring to you or is it now just a addiction that cant be stopped?

During my teens I was totally addicted to it, but now, near my 40's, sometimes it's boring, because I exhaust my creativity in my work (graphic designer) or because I find the up-bringing of my son more exciting.

4.What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped?

I never tried to stop it. I liked it too much, and, after all it doesn't distract me from my life. Daydreaming is now just the salt and pepper in my life, my entertainment. 

5. How has it interfere with your daily life?

It has interfered in a good way. I became more selective concerning my friends, boyfriend, husband, because of the comparison with my "perfect" fictional characters.

6.How many hours a day do you day dream?

Sometimes I don't daydream, sometimes I daydream constanly during the day but silently or secretly, and it lasts a few minutes. I mean, sometimes I answer questions or talk to myself while I'm working like I am one of my characters. I like daydreaming while cooking, working, walking, smoking alone, but my pretending only lasts minutes. Sometimes I go to bed and daydream for an hour or so, just to relax and then I get sleepy and I fall sleep.

7. Are you attached to the characters or people on in your daydream.

Yes, especially to my "dream man". He 's been with me since my teens, and I wish he existed. Sometimes I like to think that he exists somewhere around the world.

Comment by Charlotte Williams on May 31, 2013 at 1:55pm

1.What are some of your triggers?

Walking definitely. I could walk for hours in solitude in my own little world. Walking with music is a trigger too, and the daydreaming then revolves around lyrics in the song. Films and books provide me with characters for my MD, but I tend to then take the characters provided for me and go on a tangent.

2.What has made you daydream for so many years? What has motivated you to keep daydreaming

and not want to stop?

When I was younger, it was an escape. My mind was just overflowing with ideas, and there was no proper outlet for them. Then, as I got older, it was a way an escape from tedious everyday jobs, like walking the dog and doing the dishes. I do it because it gives me somewhere to focus and a way to imagine.

3.Has daydreaming slowly become boring to you or is it now just a addiction that cant be stopped?

I find them boring sometimes. Because it happens so often, (yes, it is now an addiction) the stories end up repeating themselves, which become boring. It's like listening to a song over and over until you hate it, when the reason you listened to it so much was because it made you happy.

4.What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped?

I tried to cut out music, to see if that would reduce it, but that failed as my mind still did it without the music. I then stopped walking the dog for a week, to see if the lack of walking would stop it. But instead, I laid in bed at night MDing, to the point where it would be 3/4 in the morning, and I could not turn my mind off. That could never work for me, so I gave in and went back to walking and listening to music.

5. How has it interfere with your daily life?

I become anxious and paranoid very quickly. When one thought about a horrible thing sparks, there is no getting rid of it. For example, if someone made a joke about my boyfriend sleeping with someone else, completely as a joke, and my mind considered him doing it, even just for a second, it would not leave. I would end up constantly MDing about it, with it no longer under my control. Even though, I know he would never do that, my mind could not get rid of the different scenarios.

6.How many hours a day do you day dream?

At least 3/4 hours a day, if I have school or work. However, if there is no school or work, I will be doing it, during tedious tasks, for the best part of the day.

7. Are you attached to the characters or people on in your daydream.

Completely and irrevocably.

Comment by Soul Dreamer on May 31, 2013 at 12:07am

1. Anything with a story line. But never music. I always want to listen to the music instead of daydreaming.

2. Boredom, I suppose. My childhood was pretty bad when I was really little, like a toddler, but it got better so I can't blame my MD on that. I just liked to change the story lines of my favourite books or movies. What would happen if...? That question caused my MD and is why I keep doing it.

3. Both. Yes, I find it boring to constantly be doing the same thing, everyday just daydreaming. And a lot of my daydreams are boring to me now. But at the same time, I'm addicted to them because I love my characters, and I always add on a new twist to keep the daydream interesting.

4. I have tried cold turkey without success. Avoiding triggers doesn't work because I love reading too much and I would have to tell my mum why I wasn't going to join in on the family movie night. My terrible will power makes the limiting method impossible, you know the one where you cut back on daydreaming a little more every day/week.The only ones that have worked for me is to do things in real life (play soccer, do art, etc.), and to daydream the same daydreams so much that I'm bored of them.

5. I am very volatile, depending on the most recent daydream I've entertained. I'm antisocial because there's no one I know as kind and selfless as my characters and that makes me sad. I'm a terrible procrastinator. I've only just finished a literature assignment today that was given out six months ago.

6. This is a hard one. Yeah, I know, this one should be easy but it depends on the week. Some days it can be up to nine hours, others as little as 15 minutes. I go through periods of intense daydreaming to no daydreaming. I used to daydream for a solid five hours a day, every day, every week, but now it's all mixed up.

7. Yes, yes, yes. 100%. Absolutely and irrevocably. And I agree with Wish Upon A Wish, they're mine and I can't just let them go.

Comment by Tinkerbell on May 30, 2013 at 1:35pm

1.For me feeling low in moods will trigger it off.  If I have had a bad week or so I will proberly day dream alot in that week or in the days to follow.

2. I had a very unhappy childhood and although things were bad I never expereinced MD until I was sexually abused by my mother's boyfriend.  I was about 4/5.  I don't mind day dreaming but for me MD is a problem because it interfers with a large aspect of my life, causing me to behave in an inappropiate manner in public.  I have tried stopping but whenever I am stressed it will just come back.

3. It has not become boring in fact i find that i think up some really intreasting things when I day dream.  It is just that it is impulsive and I have very little control over it.

4.Mediatation helps, playing music.  When I play my Keyboard or Recorder i have found that focusing, has calmed my mind somewhat so I have no room to day dream. Reading also helps for the same reasons.

5. I am called "the mad one"  in my neighbourhood because I have been caught day dreaming and talking to myself.

6. If I do not set myself a routine, I can easily day dream for 4/5 hours straight non stop.  So now when I am not working i set myself a routine so that I do not slip into  daydrean.  It helps sometimes.

7. Sometimes I will dream about the same characters, so to get rid of this problem.  I will write about them in a story and from that moment onwards I will not dream about those chracters. The problem is then that afterwards, my mind will find other characters with similar or differnt chracterisitics, to fill that void.

Comment by greyartist on May 30, 2013 at 1:06pm

1.What are some of your triggers?

I don't have triggers that start DDs, I am always DDing, I can have a trigger to snap out for a short time. Like someone asking me a question.

2.What has made you daydream for so many years?

Only been 2 yrs, I don't know "what" but think some sort of chemical inbalance in my brain.

What has motivated you to keep daydreaming

and not want to stop?

Nothing, I am not motivated to keep DDing and have tried ever seen it started to stop. I want to stop.

3.Has daydreaming slowly become boring to you or is it now just a addiction that cant be stopped?

To me it is a mental illness, I didn't start it, can't stop it.

4.What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped?

Doctors, medications, suppliments, prayer, meditation. Meditation had the best results but I can't seem to keep it up.

5. How has it interfere with your daily life?

Made concentration on work difficult, became withdrawn, distant from spouse and family, depressed, unable to handle stress that I could before.

6.How many hours a day do you day dream?

All day, just short breaks when interupted or trying to concentrat on work, but only for a short time.

7. Are you attached to the characters or people on in your daydream.

That's hard to say. They are like ghost that haunt me. In the dream I love them, but in my life they are distroying me.

Comment by Shion on May 30, 2013 at 4:30am

1.What are some of your triggers?
Music mostly. I love music and playing the right song with the mood Im in. It calms me down or makes me feel at peace. Sometimes movies and games if they're emotional or exciting enough.

2.What has made you daydream for so many years? What has motivated you to keep daydreaming

and not want to stop?
Im not sure. As far as Im concerned I was like this since I was born. It seemed so normal when I was younger but as I grew up I realized it wasn't and tried looking it up. At some point it lead me here. Knowing what it's called I still don't want to stop as I see no other way in living without it.

3.Has daydreaming slowly become boring to you or is it now just a addiction that cant be stopped?

An addiction. I tried a few times to stop just to see what it was like but I started to daydream not even noticing I was doing it or felt dead. I just don't see a way of living without it. I wonder if drugs are like this...

4.What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped?
None.

5. How has it interfere with your daily life?
Probably with social events. I cant talk to anyone with having negitive thoughts that Im the worse person to talk to or that I have no idea what people talk about.

6.How many hours a day do you day dream?
Unless it requires paying attention ..... almost all day long literally.

7. Are you attached to the characters or people on in your daydream.
Very. I've had them since as long as I can remember.

Comment by OhMyMagenta on May 29, 2013 at 9:08pm
What are some of your triggers? Music, watching a good movie, or seeing a particularly good episode of my favorite TV show. Driving can be a trigger as well.
What has made you daydream for so many years? Repeatedly having to endure trauma. What has motivated you keep daydreaming and not want to stop? The emotional fulfillment I receive from my DD. Its quite freeing being you in a DD, but without all the hang ups and anxiety.
Has daydreaming slowly become boring for you or is it now just an addiction that can't be stopped? Neither.
What are some methods you have tried to stop MDD and have any helped? When I was in grad school and had an assignment due, I'd reward myself w daydreaming. If I got 5 pages of a paper written, I got to DD for an hour. This technique worked rather well.
How has this interfered in your daily life? Not in any horribly substantial way. Sometimes I'm late to work b/c I'll want to finish out a scenario.
How many hours a day do you daydream? Depends on the day. During an average work day, I'd say approximately 1.5 hrs. On the weekends, that number goes up to 3 hrs.
Are you attached to the characters or people in your daydream? Very, very much so. I have felt more love for the imaginary characters in my head than some real people. My characters give me such joy and I feel loved by them.
Comment by Wish Upon A Wish on May 29, 2013 at 7:00pm

1.Boredom, mainly, not having anything (interesting) to occupy my mind

and lack of sleep makes it worse, too.

2.No idea, I just always have. I think for me it's a way to process things I've absorbed recently, and if I need it to process stuff, I can't really stop, can I? I would like it under a bit more control, as it used to be less prevalent.

3.Not boring, never, never boring. 

4.I don't think it's something that really can be stopped, I think we just gotta get it under better control

5.When I try to do work or assignments, I'll often sit there staring at the paper and in another world. I'd probably do more outwardly productive things if I didn't spend so much time in my head.

6.Don't know. I often have little bouts here and there whenever I can, basically, but then there's a different levels- from yapping to one of my imaginary friends while doing things to the point where I barely notice any surroundings and pay attention to nothing around me- it's ALL focussed inwards.

7.Yes. They're basically all my friends, or get on reasonably well with them, and hell, it's like I made these characters, they're mine and I don't want to let them go.

Comment by Mynx on May 29, 2013 at 1:38pm

My answers:

1.My triggers are music or if something in my real life has occurred, I usually reenact the scenarios or if something is coming up in my life, I usually act out the scenarios how the event might take place even down to the conversations I might have with people even though I know it might not happen in that way. Some are totally fictional but most of my scenarios are actually possible with real people who exist just scenarios that might now happen.

2.Honestly, I think it's boredom, habit and making up new scenarios in corresponds to how my life is going.

3.Both for me. I' am kind of bored and over with daydreaming scenarios that mostly likely wont happen, I just need a way to learn to how to stop. Even though I don't want to lose my creativity or my whimsical personality.

4. Hiding my headphones from myself just to end up looking for them like a crack addict, studying in other places than my room, putting on rubber band on my arm to snap anytime I got the urge to daydream(helped a lot), putting my laptop in another room, taking apps off my phones and laptop. Blocking websites from myself, and meditation.

5.Family knows about it, very secluded lifestyle,procrastinate with everything in my life, bad grades in school, irritable attitude that makes family thinks is apart of my personality, causes me to be very unfocused person.

6.on average 1 and 30 minutes 4 times a day. Shortest times being 15 minutes longest times I have gone 7 hours straight.

7. It depends, all my "characters" are actually real people so it depends what's going on in real life sometimes.

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