Other conditions that tend to be associated with maladaptive daydreaming

In their 2017 paper, Eli Somer and colleagues looked at a group of maladaptive daydreamers to see whether they’d been diagnosed with any other mental-health conditions. Their results were striking: 77% of the group had ADHD, 72% had some form of anxiety disorder, 67% had depression, and 54% had OCD or a related disorder. TheseContinue reading “Other conditions that tend to be associated with maladaptive daydreaming”

The association between maladaptive daydreaming disorder and depression – part 2

In last week’s post, I explored some of the underlying reasons why someone might independently develop both maladaptive daydreaming disorder (MaDD) and depression. However, there are also good reasons why MaDDers may experience more negative emotions than normative daydreamers. And over time, these negative emotions can build up, until they overwhelm our joy and enthusiasmContinue reading “The association between maladaptive daydreaming disorder and depression – part 2”

The association between maladaptive daydreaming disorder and depression – part 1

Around two-thirds of people with maladaptive daydreaming disorder also suffer from depression. The reasons for this are not clear. In part 2 of this post, I will look at some of the reasons why maladaptive daydreamers might be prone to developing depression, but first I want to consider the possibility that depression and maladaptive daydreamingContinue reading “The association between maladaptive daydreaming disorder and depression – part 1”

Women – how does your daydreaming change throughout your menstrual cycle?

My period is due in a couple of days, which, for me, means I’m feeling lethargic, demotivated and I’m having a hard time concentrating on anything. The science behind how your menstrual cycle affects your thoughts is unclear: some studies suggest your hormones have little or no effect on your cognitive performance while other studiesContinue reading “Women – how does your daydreaming change throughout your menstrual cycle?”