Open Discussion on Maladaptive Daydreaming – Everybody is welcome. What Is Maladaptive Daydreaming?

The aim is to help us heal ourselves and each other from maladaptive daydreaming, abuses, and PTSD.
Maladaptive daydreaming (compulsive fantasy) is a term first proposed by Eli Somer, Ph.D.,[1] to describe a condition in which an individual excessively daydreams or fantasizes, sometimes as a psychological response to prior trauma or abuse.[2] This title has become popularly generalized[clarification needed] to incorporate a recently-described syndrome of immersive or excessive daydreaming which is specifically characterized by attendant distress or functional impairment, whether or not it is contingent upon a history of trauma or abuse, as introduced in 2009 by Cynthia Schupak, Ph.D. and Jesse Rosenthal, M.D. of New York City.

I have been an MD’er my whole life. I thought I was crazy. I thought I was wasn’t normal. I don’t pace or wave my hand.  My right leg won’t stop jumping. Music and Movies are the definite trigger for the daydreaming.

I couldn’t stop daydreaming even if I tried and wanted to.  For years I looked online and typed in “Adults with Imaginary Friends”. All that came up was how to teach your child that they aren’t real. Nothing pertained to me and what I was going through at a middle aged adult. I don’t know what causes this. Is it hereditary? Is it from severe childhood trauma? Is it something select that just happens to people with no explanation? Does it have to do with God or Demons? I don’t know.

I thought I was the only one doing this. I thought I was alone. I kept thinking there has to be others but how do I find them. Last year I found out there were others worldwide and I was overjoyed. I was no longer alone and there are people who understand me for me, and who can identify with my mind.

The purpose of this site to let others know that they are not alone and to give people a chance to speak out on thier experiences and try to solve this phenomenom that we live through on a daily basis. People who are not like us, will not, can not, and in some cases do not want to understand. In many cases I was an easy target because of the odd behavior that I cannot control.

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13 thoughts on “Open Discussion on Maladaptive Daydreaming – Everybody is welcome. What Is Maladaptive Daydreaming?

  1. Thank you. I was so scared. I’m quite a bit younger than you and the kids at school are starting to figure out what’s up 😦 Embarrassingly, I started to compulsively rock in my chair at the movies with my cousins. They thought i’d gone mad! I had to tell them i needed the toilet XD I only discovered this yesterday and i was so relieved i wasnt alone.

    • It is a relief to know that you are not alone. There are others all across the world that do this. I used to lie about it or just get mad and tell people to mind their own business when they ask me why I’m “weird”. Thank you for visiting and commenting on this site. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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