Ten myths about maladaptive daydreaming that could be increasing your suffering

Having maladaptive daydreaming disorder is tough. But it’s often made harder by the misinformation that surrounds what it still a new and little-known mental-health condition. The following are just some of the unhelpful myths about immersive and maladaptive daydreaming that could be causing you unnecessary anxiety. 1. All fantastical daydreaming is maladaptive daydreaming Maladaptive daydreamingContinue reading “Ten myths about maladaptive daydreaming that could be increasing your suffering”

Three ways to overcome the shame you feel about your daydreaming

Maladaptive daydreaming disorder was first described in 2002. But even 20 years later, awareness of the condition among mental health professionals and the general public remains low. One of the reasons for this is that most daydreamers are very reluctant to open up to friends and family about their daydreaming due to a deeply rootedContinue reading “Three ways to overcome the shame you feel about your daydreaming”

Guilt and shame

Guilt and shame are two emotions that are familiar to many of us, but if you’ve been feeling guilty or ashamed of your daydreaming, it’s worth considering the difference between them and what you can do to reduce the suffering they all-too-often cause.  Guilt We feel guilt when we’ve behaved in a way that goesContinue reading “Guilt and shame”

Three ways maladaptive daydreaming makes you feel bad about yourself

Many maladaptive daydreamers don’t like themselves very much, and when you don’t like or respect yourself, you tend to act in ways that reinforce the idea that you’re a bad person. Although I don’t believe that immersive daydreaming is, in itself, a bad thing, I do think that if your daydreaming is more on theContinue reading “Three ways maladaptive daydreaming makes you feel bad about yourself”

Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your daydreaming

Everyone experiences shame. It’s that little voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t good enough, or that you don’t deserve to be successful, or that nobody loves you. And for a lot of maladaptive daydreamers, it’s the voice that says that daydreaming makes you a bad person or is a sign thatContinue reading “Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of your 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?”