Should I be concerned about my child’s daydreaming?

My earliest memories of daydreaming are from when I was four years old, but I think I’ve always been a daydreamer. I believe that all immersive and maladaptive daydreamers are born immersive daydreamers. In the beginning, our daydreaming isn’t harmful. But my daydreaming first became maladaptive when I was eight years old, so it’s definitelyContinue reading “Should I be concerned about my child’s daydreaming?”

So you’ve just found out there’s a name for this: now what?

Coming across the term maladaptive daydreaming disorder for the first time can be a light-bulb moment. Suddenly everything falls into place. You have a name for this thing you’ve been doing all your life, and, more importantly, you now know that other people do it too. But as the initial excitement subsides, you’re likely toContinue reading “So you’ve just found out there’s a name for this: now what?”

How much time do you spend daydreaming? And how much is too much?

Some daydreamers spend many hours daydreaming every day. In fact, for some of us, daydreaming is our default state of thinking – we always have a daydream running in the background whenever our mind doesn’t need to be 100% focused on the present moment. But are you spending too much time daydreaming? And how muchContinue reading “How much time do you spend daydreaming? And how much is too much?”

Are you an immersive daydreamer, a maladaptive daydreamer, or something in between?

The ability to immersively daydream is something we were born with. It’s the way we process our thoughts. It sets us apart from normative daydreamers, but not in a good way or a bad way; it’s just a difference. Maladaptive daydreaming disorder (MaDD), on the other hand, is an addictive behaviour that has the potentialContinue reading “Are you an immersive daydreamer, a maladaptive daydreamer, or something in between?”

Diagnosing Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder – Part 2

In last week’s post, I reviewed the MDS-16, which is a simple questionnaire that anyone can complete to get a feel for whether their daydreaming could be classified as maladaptive. On the ICMDR website there is also a link to the Structured Clinical Interview for Maladaptive Daydreaming (SCIMD). The ICMDR website recommends that “To establishContinue reading “Diagnosing Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder – Part 2”

Diagnosing Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder – Part 1

Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder (MaDD) is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is the American Psychiatric Association’s standard classification of mental disorders. As such, it is not recognised by the majority of mental health professionals. It is very possible that as more research is done into MaDD this situationContinue reading “Diagnosing Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder – Part 1”

Are your beliefs about your daydreaming limiting your life?

We all have beliefs about ourselves and the way we act. Some of these beliefs empower us, others hold us back. We can form beliefs at any time, but many of the ones that shape our lives were formed in childhood, when our understanding and experience of the world was very different from what itContinue reading “Are your beliefs about your daydreaming limiting your life?”

What are immersive daydreaming and maladaptive daydreaming?

Everyone daydreams. But not everyone daydreams in the same way. For most people (normative daydreamers), daydreaming involves reminiscing or replaying things that have happened in the past or planning for the future. Topics range from the mundane, such as what to have for dinner, to the more substantial, such as where you’d like to goContinue reading “What are immersive daydreaming and maladaptive daydreaming?”