The first scientifically validated treatment programme for maladaptive daydreaming disorder

On 13 January 2023, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published an article by Oren Herscu, Eli Somer, Asaf Federman and Nirit Soffer-Dudek entitled “Mindfulness meditation and self-monitoring reduced maladaptive daydreaming symptoms: a randomized controlled trial of a brief self-guided web-based program”. This is significant for maladaptive daydreamers because it’s the first randomised controlledContinue reading “The first scientifically validated treatment programme for maladaptive daydreaming disorder”

Can you drive safely if you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder?

If you’re a daydreamer, you’ll know just how absorbed you can get in your daydreams. When you’re daydreaming, it’s as if time stands still and, for a while, the outside world doesn’t exist. If you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder, you might be wondering whether it’s safe for you to drive. Is there a risk youContinue reading “Can you drive safely if you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder?”

How to resist the urge to daydream

Whether you’re a maladaptive daydreamer who wants to stop or cut down on your daydreaming, or an immersive daydreamer who needs to push the daydreaming aside for a couple of hours while you attend to real life, we all have times when we really want to daydream but shouldn’t. So what do you do whenContinue reading “How to resist the urge to daydream”

How to feel better about being a daydreamer

Being an immersive daydreamer means you have a creative gift that can enhance your life in many different ways. But having maladaptive daydreaming disorder is a curse that makes living real life extremely difficult. The daydreaming is the same in each case; the difference is in how we use it and the meanings we attachContinue reading “How to feel better about being a daydreamer”

Quitting maladaptive daydreaming – how to cope with a relapse

You’ve realised your daydreaming is out of control and preventing you from living in the real world. You’ve made the decision to stop. You’re certain this is the right thing to do. You’ve managed not to daydream for a few hours or days, and you’re proud of your progress. And then suddenly something happens, theContinue reading “Quitting maladaptive daydreaming – how to cope with a relapse”

Your maladaptive daydreaming is not your fault

Maladaptive daydreamers tend to blame their daydreaming for a lot of things. We tell ourselves we can’t achieve our career goals because we’ve wasted so much time daydreaming. We tell ourselves we can’t have a fulfilling romantic relationship because our daydreaming has left us with unrealistic expectations. We tell ourselves that we’re bad or weirdContinue reading “Your maladaptive daydreaming is not your fault”

Are there any medications that help with maladaptive daydreaming?

It’s a tempting thought isn’t it? If you’re suffering from maladaptive daydreaming disorder, you probably have days when you wish you could just take a pill and make it all go away. After all, there are pills for other mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, so why not maladaptive daydreaming? Unfortunately, there’s veryContinue reading “Are there any medications that help with maladaptive daydreaming?”

Is morning daydreaming screwing up your day?

Do you have an urge to daydream the minute you wake up in the morning? I do. For years, the snooze button worked overtime. I had to have a (not-so) quick check-in with my paras before I could get out of bed. Research suggests I’m not alone. The MDS-16, the screening questionnaire used to assessContinue reading “Is morning daydreaming screwing up your day?”

Ending a daydream relationship

It’s common to daydream about romantic relationships. And it’s possible to fall deeply in love with someone you’re only dating in your imagination. In fact, it’s possible to fall in love with someone who doesn’t even exist. Sometimes daydream relationships can endure for years and be a source of comfort and inspiration. But sometimes youContinue reading “Ending a daydream relationship”

Do you ever grow out of maladaptive daydreaming?

If you’ve been struggling with maladaptive daydreaming disorder for a number of years, especially if those struggles have impacted your education, career and relationships, you’re probably wondering whether maladaptive daydreaming ever goes away. Is healing possible? Can you just grow out of maladaptive daydreaming disorder? It’s a complicated question. First of all, we need toContinue reading “Do you ever grow out of maladaptive daydreaming?”