Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder
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My name is Kelsey. I have been a maladaptive daydreamer now for 13 years. I made this Tumblr so that I can talk with you about all aspects of MDD, as they come and go, and you can share too. Just know you aren't alone.


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Hi I just learned today that maladaptive daydreaming was an actual thing, and is something I've been dealing with probably since I was 10/11 (17 now). I never thought anything of it, I always thought it was normal for people to day dream and such, but as I got older, into highschool especially, anxiety and depression hit me really hard, and now that I know about this I think that's what triggered it more there, as it would cause problems because it would be hard to get out of bed in the (cont)
- Anonymous

(Cont) it would be hard to get out of bed in the morning, because I wanted to continue my daydreams. I would find myself losing focus during school, because I would continue these daydreams. And it was always a continuous stories, or multiple stories/worlds, especially if I read a new book or movie I really enjoyed, and that might become a new alternate world I put myself in and dreamed of. So now I understand what it is, and thank you for making this blog for all of us to come together :)

You’re welcome. And thank you for sharing your story with us, I know how hard that can be! I too have always been triggered to daydream from my anxiety and depression so I know where you’re coming from. If you ever want to share, ask, submit, etc. feel free! :D

Is there some kind of help we should be looking for as M.Daydreamers? Is there anything we can do about it like you can for other mental disorders?
- Anonymous

It is certainly up to the MDer whether they feel the need to reach out for help or support, some people can live with MD with a sense of control over the rest of their lives despite its occasional disruption.

If you are looking for moral support there is plenty of it here on Tumblr! (: But if you are looking for more professional help I would suggest looking into therapy and choosing the cheapest option available if you are short on cash from day to day. I know plenty of universities and colleges have free therapy available on campus. The case with MD seems to always be related to something else, for example: trauma, ptsd, anxiety, depression, the need for coping and dissociation, the need for a sense of escape. I’ve found that while not many therapists know how to treat the daydreaming itself, they are great at getting to the route of what makes you want to escape and the more one works on that… the less daydreaming can feel necessary.

So is this technically a mental disorder then?
- Anonymous

Its hard to tell if MD is an official mental disorder or not. A lot of sources list it as a “psychological concept” or simply define it without labeling it as a disorder. But the idea itself is being examined and studied as a disorder, the term “Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder” was coined by Eli Somer, Ph.D.

It seems to follow along with trauma or other mental disorders, so it may just be a coping mechanism, but it is maladaptive of course so I can’t see why one day it shouldn’t be labeled as an official disorder in itself.

Eeep, I've accidentally gone a little mad about liking your posts! You may have gotten a few notifications... I gather you get this sort of thing a lot, but I've just started to read about MD today, and I am POSITIVE that it is something I have been experiencing since childhood. Thank you for running this blog, I'm very glad to find a community like this. Bless the internet.
- angelicyourd

ahaha I love this message. (: I love when people find things they enjoy on my blog, by all means feel free to like and reblog whatever you want and ask questions and submit things and such. Thats what I’m here for!

and you’re welcome, bless the Internet for sure

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panic/anxiety attack

jaspinder:

  • breath in for 4 seconds
  • hold your breath for 7 seconds
  • exhale breath for 8 seconds

repeat once or twice more.

This causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response.

Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations.

Hi, I'm sure I have MD and I'm really scared. Is it possible to live a normal healthy life if you do have it?
- Anonymous

No need to be scared! It is (believe it or not) possible to live a normal life even if daydreaming is affecting you in a maladaptive way. I’m sure you already know that MD comes with its good and bad moments. At times, if you haven’t experienced it yet, there will be points in your life that may look bleak as if you are struggling with an addiction that you can’t let go. But you don’t have to allow yourself to get to those points. With support and understanding of the disorder and self care you can absolutely stay well and happy. Controlling your daydreams so that they don’t take over your life is the key. Taking care of you/who you are/your reality is always just as important as daydreaming can feel. (:

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not exactly always due to psychological trauma or abuse, other things include daydreaming as a way to cope with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc!

revasseriesansfin:

psych2go:

Visit psych2go.net for the sources and new articles.

not exactly always due to psychological trauma or abuse, other things include daydreaming as a way to cope with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc!

i havent told anyone and to be honest, i dont think i will. but i really admire those who have told their families, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends. i really wish i could but i dont think it would help me in any way at the moment.
- Anonymous

Telling people is definitely a personal decision that is totally fine either way. I was never interested in telling people until there came moments I felt like I had to. But the longer I have this blog the more I want to tell the world about my daydreaming haha. Which I probably shouldn’t…