Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
Yesterday, I printed out Cynthia's study, stapled the packet, and presented it to my mom. She didn't come to talk to me about it until 5am when she noticed that I was still awake in my room. The first thing she asked me was what I thought about it. I told her the truth...that the article spoke very true to me. I had highlighted all the sections that revealed my symptoms (pretty much everything except for pacing).
To my surprise and happiness, my mom responded very warmly. She was impressed by the paper and thought that this was a field of Psychology that I could even pursue. She understood that it must have been a relief for me to find this website....she wondered how I could have bottled it up inside me all these years.
Above all else, she doesn't think that MD is silly. She even said "MD" throughout her speech, treating it like the real thing. She said that she used to think I was extremely lazy, but now she realizes that there is something actually going on...and that it should be treated seriously. After our conversation, she hugged me, thanked me for telling her, and said that I had her full support! She's still keeping the paper to take notes!
Today, she asked me more questions about my daydreams. I told her that I see my characters around me all the time... As one person in Cynthia's study put it, it's like a "constant state of being." I told her all about you guys and your stories. In general, she is very interested in learning about it, and I had a lot of fun describing MD to her. She wants to help me control it and spend more time with me. One step at a time, she said...
And this is the practical, no nonsense mom I was afraid to tell. She thinks that I should also present the article to my dad so that he can understand too. Cynthia's study is amazing... It gave me confidence to tell my mom about the full extent of my MD, and it made her take it seriously. I feel very relived to have her support.
I presented this article to one more person... My best friend online. He considers what we have to be a gift, and he is simply in awe of it. He actually said that he's jealous and asked me all sorts of questions. Not quite the response I was expecting either! *huggles him*
Out of curiosity, are any of you planning to show Cynthia's study to anyone you know? It just might do the trick in helping them understand it. =D