Maladaptive Daydreaming: where wild minds come to rest
I made a YouTube video at the beginning of my daydreaming "cleanse." I just quit right there and then. Awhile after that video was created, I went four days without daydreaming at all and I was very productive, but then after those four days I spent six days daydreaming a lot.
I started writing in my journal again, and I quit daydreaming another time. It has been working great so far. I've kept my house clean and my homework has been taken care of. The only problem is my anxiety and irritability has been hindering my ability to be around people. I started yelling at people and crying...loud crying. Like, disturb the entire high school type of crying. I've been getting sent home early for it too many times.
I also co-run a blog where sometimes we give advice and tell jokes about Maladaptive Daydreaming. Before I had quit, a person sent me an anonymous message saying that they quit daydreaming and had the strong urge to kill themself. I told this person to daydream if they have to get themselves through the day and to get professional help. This scared me. I didn't know what to do.
I myself haven't been going through suicidal urges, but I know many people who quit go through a sort of withdrawal. What I'm trying to say is, get professional help when you quit daydreaming. I know many doctors don't believe in MDD, but you still need to get help even if you don't tell them about the daydreaming. There is a solution out there for people who want to quit, but doing it alone is not it.