If anyone were to google “Adults with imaginary friends” they would find that nothing caters to this notion. Pages appear that are catered to children 7 and under with imaginary friends. Instructions are given to parents on how to steer the child away from that and help them to grow up.
But what about a whole population from ages 7 – 85 who still have so-called imaginary friends. Otherwise known as Maladaptive Daydreaming which constitues excessive daydreaming that is beyond our control. We’d rather live in the fantasy world rather than the real one. Our population interacts with invisible people all day every day physically, verbally, visually, and in some cases auditory. The difference between us and Schizophrenics is that we know they are not real. We can tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Excessive daydreaming consists of multiple scenarios with charachters living totally separate lives from us running through our head uncontrollably. Its like an ongoing drama movie with twists and turns that we watch. Yet, there’s no ticket counter, popcorn, screen and movie seats. We wake up with it, go to sleep with it, and all day we watch severl drama’s unfold. We are also full participants and somebody totally different in the scenes. Usually a hero or someone rich or famous.
This can take place on earth or other planets or galaxies. We don’t have to look like ourselves, be the same race, or even be the same gender. We can have whole families with kids, grandkids, and great granparents.
People like us exist and are completely ignored, written off as crazy, or told to grow up (that’s my favorite one). Those of us who actually seek help are either told there is nothing wrong with us, daydreaming is normal, or we are misdiagnosed and given prescription drugs that do not pertain to our problem.
Given incorrect drugs can create other mental and physical problems in addition to not solving the problem that hasn’t even been acknowledged.
If you are a person, who is not a child under 7, who believes you have “Imaginary Friends” and are ashamed to tell your family, or seek help for the fear of ridicule or being called crazy…..well……you have good reason to be. And you are not alone.
If have found this page and you have identified with every word written here then you now know that you are not an isolated case. There are thousands of people with this thing going on. Since we’ve been shunned, shamed, called crazy and blamed, and blocked from talking to each other we have to find out through the internet. Sad ain’t it.
Please leave a comment below to either join or start a discussion. There is no judging, jury and persecution here. It is not allowed. We all share the same experience. We only have guess work as to how we got this, otherwise there is nothing concrete as to why its here.