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Maladaptive Daydreaming Symptoms

If you’re daydreaming whilst you work or study and are not being as productive or if you prefer to go off into your own fantasy world then be present in your own reality you know you have MD   – Anna

Maladaptive Daydreaming was a term coined in 2002 by Professor Eliezer Somer of the University of Haifa in Israel.

Lets face it, you know if you have Maladaptive daydreaming issues, it’s not like you can escape them. There are times such as at work or if you need to get urgent things done that we all have to make a massive effort to keep telling ourselves to focus and be present. What is so difficult with Maladaptive Daydreaming is that we do not have a choice; it is an addiction. I find even if I really try and make a conscious effort with my MD, I often find myself slipping into a daydream without realising it, and then I am caught up in that daydream for hours and in some cases days at a time.

Ok then, if you’re new to this site and are wondering what on earth is going on with your mind and if you actually have MD here are some of the symptoms most of us say we experience…

Maladaptive Daydreaming Symptoms

  1. An overwhelming need to keep on daydreaming
  2. Vivid daydreams with intricate plot and storylines that you’re constantly perfecting.
  3. Difficulty sleeping.
  4. Difficulty in performing everyday tasks due to the fact that your constantly daydreaming.
  5. Daydreaming for hours on end
  6. Making facial expressions or whispering while your daydreaming
  7. Preferring to live in your fantasy world then be present.
  8. Anxiety

Worrying/Interesting facts on our symptoms

When Eli Somer at the University of Haifa conducted an online study with Maladaptive daydreamers his research found that on average, we spend four hours a day daydreaming. Can you believe that?  Well, yes actually I can, I think it’s scarily accurate but it’s pretty frightening when you see it written down like that, all that time spent focusing our energy on fantasy (not that we really have a choice).

maladaptive daydreamingThe other big problem with Maladaptive daydreaming is that the more you do it, whether consciously or unconsciously the more reality seems to quite frankly suck in comparison to the fantasy life that you’re constructing in your head. Therefore you want to do it more and more to get that fix and excitement. We then start to crave that feeling, as seriously why would you want to stop when fantasy seems to much better than reality.

When you start losing friends because you’d rather be at home crafting your daydreams and perfecting your plots or if you start getting into trouble with work or school because you’re finding it hard to focus on the tasks at hand then you know that this is now a bloody serious issue.

So what can be done?

There is good news!

There are Maladaptive daydreamers out there who have manged to rid themselves of this maladatpive daydreaming treatmentsaffliction. So I like to think, if they have found a solution and can live MD free, then we can.

The EX Maladaptive daydreamers that I found who’ve stated that they now live MD free have said to get rid of this they’ve had to:

a) get to the bottom of the cause of why they started to MD in the first place and work on all the unpleasant issues they have.

b) Start focusing on new challenges, do exciting new things, focus on yourself, do things for you and challenge yourself.


Testing these theories

I am going to these these treatments/cures and a whole lot of others to see what works best.

Please do get in touch

If you or anybody you know has had maladaptive daydreaming issues and is now free of the maladaptive daydreams please do let me know.  It would be wonderful if you could share your success story with us and any advice would be greatly appreciated! Please either email me through the contact form or leave a comment below.

Many thanks




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.

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