How to talk to your doctor about maladaptive daydreaming

By definition, if you have maladaptive daydreaming disorder, your daydreaming will be causing you distress or dysfunction (if it isn’t, you’re probably an immersive daydreamer). If your daydreaming is making you miserable, or you’ve tried to get it under control and can’t, you may have decided it’s time to seek help. But where do youContinue reading “How to talk to your doctor about maladaptive daydreaming”

To those who have felt judged for being a daydreamer, and those who thought they had the right to judge them…

When people first find out that their style of daydreaming has a name and that other people do it too, one question I often see is “Is it a disorder?” Some of the people who ask this question have been daydreaming for as long as they can remember and, beyond assuming that no-one else daydreamedContinue reading “To those who have felt judged for being a daydreamer, and those who thought they had the right to judge them…”

Should you tell anyone you have Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder?

The moment I found out that Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder (MaDD) existed was one of the most profoundly life-changing moments of my life. Realising that other people daydream in the same way I do completely changed the way I saw myself. I was no longer weird, or broken, or a failure. I hadn’t brought this onContinue reading “Should you tell anyone you have Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder?”

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”

How to explain immersive daydreaming to normative daydreamers

When you have never experienced something, it can be almost impossible to imagine what it’s like. I don’t really know what goes on inside the mind of a normative daydreamer, because I’ve never been there. Similarly, is it really possible for normative daydreamers to understand how our minds work? When we’re trying to distinguish betweenContinue reading “How to explain immersive daydreaming to normative daydreamers”

Why we don’t talk about it

My daydreaming has been an integral part of who I am for as long as I can remember, but until a year ago I had never mentioned it to anyone. I’ve noticed that this reluctance to talk openly about our daydreaming seems to be very common. It makes me wonder if immersive daydreaming is aContinue reading “Why we don’t talk about it”