Open Discussion: Overactive Imagination or Maldaptive Daydreaming? What is the difference?

The aim is to help us heal ourselves and each other from Maladaptive Daydreaming, Abuses, and PTSD.

When I was younger and didn’t know about MD I was told by several people that I had an ‘Overactive Imagination’. I was also told if I didn’t get it in check and learn to focus that I would go nowhere in life. My usual response,

“Well Toodle Loo to you too!”

That response usually got no reaction. I first realized that I had some sort of problem when I was around 13 or 14. One of my charachters had done something that I though was spectacular and I told my friend. I asked her what did her people do? She was like, what people. I told her, “The people that you know are there but you can’t see.” That’s when she informed me that I was too old for ‘imaginary freinds’ and I needed to grow up. I never said anything to anybody ever again for the fear of riducule, embarrassment, shame and everything else I felt that day. So I was wondering about your thoughts. Are we just over imaginative people who, for lack of a better phrase, ‘can’t stop pretending’? or is it far more serious than that?



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