Today I’m wondering and am beginning to seriously believe that Maladaptive daydreaming is like being an alcoholic. I’ve only managed to survive 2 days without Maladaptive daydreaming, just 48 hours. I thought I had magically managed to rid myself of MD by telling myself to keep living in the moment. Every time my mind would start to wonder, I would tell myself to focus as this daydream was not real and for two days this worked.
However as you know, boredom is a Massive trigger and on the third day, I had to do a 30 minute walk to get from A to B. And I thought to myself, what’s the harm, I have 30 minutes to kill, doing a spot of daydreaming when I don’t need to be productive or really be focused on a task won’t be a problem.
Boy was I wrong! I let myself go back to one of my favourite daydreams and I haven’t really been able to get out of it ever since.
Which begs the question: Is Maladaptive daydreaming like being an alcoholic?
An alcoholic can’t ever go back to having a drink again. As a maladaptive daydreamer if we let ourselves have a cheeky daydream, have we ruined our recovery?
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.
Hello & Welcome to Maladaptive Daydreaming is Real
My name is Anna and I’m a compulsive daydreamer. I’ve so far only been a maladaptive daydreamer for 5 months but it has substantially affected my life enough for me to create this blog. To be honest with you, sometimes I feel like I’m going a bit nuts, because i love the feeling I get from my daydreams but then hate it at the same time. I hate the fact that I’m struggling to control these fantasies as they are now intruding upon my working life so I’m not as productive as I once was. I hate the fact that MD is now intruding on my home life so I’m not as present as I once was to my family.
I therefore created this website so we could all draw upon our experiences and help one another to combat this addiction, because I do believe that (MD) Maladaptive Daydreaming is an addiction, pretty much like alcohol is to alcoholics.
Anyway, why I think this is not all bad news is because people have beaten this fantasy compulsion, so this leads me to believe we can too. I am going to test out every single ‘treatment’ that maladaptive daydreamers have said has helped to rid them of this addiction and document it. Because something will have to work. It has to.
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