Three reasons why willpower alone is not enough to cure maladaptive daydreaming disorder

If you’re struggling with maladaptive daydreaming disorder, at some point you’ve probably tried to stop daydreaming. Perhaps someone has told you “it’s only a daydream; you can just stop thinking about it”. Or perhaps you’ve said something like that to yourself. But if you’ve tried to stop daydreaming, you’ll know it isn’t that simple. AndContinue reading “Three reasons why willpower alone is not enough to cure maladaptive daydreaming disorder”

Treatment of maladaptive daydreaming disorder

You’re either an immersive daydreamer or you’re not – that’s a function of the way your brain is wired and will never change. But whether or not an immersive daydreamer develops maladaptive daydreaming disorder (MaDD) depends on a whole range of things, many of which are still not fully understood. MaDD is not officially recognizedContinue reading “Treatment of maladaptive daydreaming disorder”

Taking responsibility for your daydreaming

You were born a daydreamer. It’s the way your mind works, and that ability you have to create a parallel universe filled with interesting people and experiences is something you will never lose. But if you’re a maladaptive daydreamer, you’re probably very aware of the negative effects that daydreaming can have on your life, andContinue reading “Taking responsibility for your daydreaming”

What will fill the gap?

If you’re struggling with maladaptive daydreaming disorder and you can see that it’s negatively impacting your life, trying to stop or cut down on your daydreaming is rarely the first step you should take. Here’s why: You’re daydreaming for a reason Immersive daydreaming is natural for some people. Daydreaming in the way we do isContinue reading “What will fill the gap?”

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”

The factors that may be trapping you in your daydreams

Any habit, including daydreaming, can be beneficial if it enhances other aspects of your life, but can be negative if it takes over and stops you from doing other things. If your daydreaming is threatening to get out of control, you might be considering trying to reduce it. If that’s the case, it’s helpful toContinue reading “The factors that may be trapping you in your daydreams”

Five tips to maintain healthy daydream habits

I want to begin this article by saying that everyone’s experience of daydreaming is different. And for some maladaptive daydreamers it can be impossible to maintain healthy daydreaming habits without support. If your daydreaming is having a significant negative impact on your life, you might benefit from seeing a counsellor or other therapist. But forContinue reading “Five tips to maintain healthy daydream habits”