What are the good and the bad parts of maladaptive daydreaming?

I went to see my therapist today and she told me to write down a list of all the best and low points of Maladaptive Daydreaming and then to compare them. Here are mine, it would be good to see yours too.

Why Maladaptive Daydreaming feels good

  • Whatever my character feels, love, happiness, confidence etc I get to feel that too, instantly.
  • It’s a quick fix. Immersive daydreaming is instant. Feeling anxious or low? I know how to fix that with daydreaming so I feel good in seconds.
  • It takes my mind off other problems, such as not knowing what to do with my life.
  • It stops me from feeling anxious.
  • It stops me from feeling bored.

Why Maladaptive Daydreaming is bad for you (the low points)

is maladaptive daydreaming bad for you?

  • Maladaptive daydreaming is an addiction and as we know addictions are not good for you and are really hard to break. The longer you let yourself daydream, the harder it will be to break.
  • Our fantasy worlds are not real. We are wasting hours and hours a day dreaming about something that is not real and for the vast majority of us will never be real. So what is the point? Daydreaming addiction can only lead to disappointment.
  • My work suffers. I find it very hard to focus on my job as my mind keeps wandering off, so I’m not being as productive as I can be.
  • I’m not living in the moment, my mind is often elsewhere so I’m letting life pass me by.
  • I’m becoming late for work, not doing chores like laundry when it needs to be done as I’m concentrating on my daydream so things either don’t get done on time or if so they’re done days later.
  • Intellectually, I’m suffering. I’m not reading anymore or watching the news or learning anything new, as of course, constantly daydreaming takes up time and concentration. Plus, I would much rather go over a daydreaming plot then pick up a newspaper.

Well, this is my pro and con maladaptive daydreaming list. Please share yours below too, it would be interesting to see if they’re similar or not. As per usual, if you want to share something, add something, or offer advise please email me or leave a comment below.

Best wishes,

Anna x




Hello, I'm Anna! I'm a 38 year old Maladaptive Daydreamer from London. I want to stop the maladaptive daydreaming, which is why I created this blog. Please excuse any typos, as you know I have MD so sometimes writing a post can take forever but at least I know you'll understand where I'm coming from.


  1. The main low point for me is that daydreaming just wastes so much time when you could be doing so many other things. I’m just so fed up of it.

  2. My low point is getting disappointed but even when am daydreaming i know i will

  3. This is so interesting, i have just come across this condition and realised i ticked all the boxes, i always just thought it was an overactive imagination. I am fortunate that i work (well worked, i’m a SAHM currently) in a creative field and this means that i can take advantage of my daydreaming ‘skill’ to write creatively and create worlds for my work in 3d design. i don’t feel much disappointment other then that i think i could have achieved more with my life. Thats laziness rather then daydreaming though!!

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