Maladaptive daydreaming: an addiction or an unhealthy coping mechanism?

Maladaptive daydreaming disorder has been described variously as a behavioural addiction, an unhealthy coping mechanism or a symptom of an underlying disorder. For your daydreaming to be considered maladaptive it must either cause significant distress or impair social, academic, occupational or other important areas of functioning. So, maladaptive daydreaming is harmful by definition (if yourContinue reading “Maladaptive daydreaming: an addiction or an unhealthy coping mechanism?”

Don’t fight the wrong battle

As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself. Bessel A. van der Kolk Bessel van der Kolk’s words are particularly relevant to daydreamers. For all the harm that maladaptive daydreaming can do, it’s important to remember that all maladaptive daydreamers were born immersive daydreamers. Our daydreaming isContinue reading “Don’t fight the wrong battle”

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”

What would you be most afraid of losing if you gave up daydreaming?

Maladaptive daydreamers often think that life would be better if they could stop daydreaming. I’m not convinced that it’s possible to stop completely, because our brains are wired to think in this way; we don’t have the same thought patterns as normative daydreamers. But there is another reason why many maladaptive daydreamers find it difficultContinue reading “What would you be most afraid of losing if you gave up 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?”