I struggle with this question. There are times when my fantasy world that I have constructed in my mind is so good that I don’t want to stop it. In a fantasy world anything you imagine that you want to happen, can. You can be supremely successful, confident, happy, beautiful/handsome, in a loving relationship, be popular, famous, the list is endless and as maladaptive daydreamers we feel all of this. Every trait that I’ve listed above, can be felt in our daydreams and lets face it they feel amazing. And if we’re not feeling these things now in reality then yes of course our fantasy world is better than reality. After all if it wasn’t we wouldn’t be going there.
I have seen this question asked on forums and I literally couldn’t believe it when I saw this question asked. To somebody who suffers from maladaptive daydreaming like I do, it’s the same as asking: ‘is the Earth really round’ or ‘Does the sun really rise in the East and set in the West?’ Er Yes of course it does. Let me tell you something, Maladaptive Daydreaming is very very real and it can be a complete and utter nightmare for people who suffer from it.
No we’re not just talking about a spot of daydreaming here and there like dreaming you’ve won the lottery or that you’re dating Brad Pitt. It’s not just a bit of fantasizing like imagining you were a supermodel or that you’re James Bond, it’s a constant fight to stay present.