Recently Yahoo! picked up an article about maladaptive daydreaming featuring our fearless leader, Cordellia. I'm 100% behind anything that gets our issue out in the open and raises awareness. But it makes me feel like my bubble will be burst. When I first found out that there were other people like me I was so relieved! Then I felt like I had to change from being an oddball to being part of a group. That was a new experience. It's still foreign for me to feel like I "belong" somewhere but I am definitely one of many now. I worry that someone I know in real life will recognize this condition in me and I'll have to either deny or admit to it. Sometimes I feel like it would be a relief to explain why I'm so different but other times I want to keep my secrets. Mostly I'm glad to know that someone like me doesn't need to feel alone when they're growing up with MD.

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Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 18, 2012 at 7:23pm

I'm glad!  Let me know if you need anything!  

Comment by J Noland on November 18, 2012 at 7:17pm

Thank you Cordellia! I am sort of in a fine line area where I want to be understood but not found out. When I first signed up here I wanted my posts to be public to help new memebers and lurkers; I still feel that way. My name is pretty non descript so I really doubt someone I know could actually figure out it's me. But you know how that thought is always in the back of your mind. I'm excited about all the new members and the possibility that the psychological field will take us more seriously. I absolutely feel safe here.

Comment by Cordellia Amethyste Rose on November 18, 2012 at 5:12pm

Yeah, I mentioned this the other day in chat and on another blog post.  The article was originally posted on YouBeauty.com, a site backed by Dr. Oz. I  was thrilled to find out yesterday that Yahoo had picked it up (I'd noticed an influx of new members and wanted to find out why, so I checked my analytics and saw the link.)  Anyway, we've had over 100 new members just in the past day and a half.  I know this can be scary, getting so much attention, but it's good to get the word out, so more people who thought they were alone and crazy will know they're not.  If you're worried about your anonymity, I have 2 suggestions: 1) You can change your name  2) You can change your privacy settings, so only  site members can view your profile.  No one wants to make you feel uncomfortable.   I certainly value you and want you to feel safe and welcome here.  Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.  

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