What triggers off your Maladaptive Daydreaming?

According to the Wall Street Journal, us maladaptive daydreamers spend 57% of our waking life obsessively daydreaming compared to just 16% of the time that those who do not suffer from Maladaptive daydreaming do.

Well that’s depressed me a bit. We are obviously all different, but there are some certain common triggers that set us all off. Most notable are:

1. Music

2. Boredom

3. Movies

4. Books

5. Exercise

Although of course as you know it really could be anything and a lot of the time, some maladaptive daydreamers (MD) don’t even have triggers.

What if you don’t know what your MD triggers are?

Well the advice is we should all be writing down a trigger journal. For example when your mind starts to wander, what were you doing just before?

We know what our triggers are but now what?

Ok so we know what sets us off, is avoidance really possible I wonder? I mean, you walk into a pub or cafe and there’s music playing, it’s not exactly something you can really avoid. If books are your thing or you like working out, are we just meant to stop reading or exercising altogether? And half the time as you well know there are no triggers, you can just be walking to the supermarket and hey presto, before you know it, your mind has wandered back into fantasy land.

I think its nearly impossible to avoid a lot of these triggers especially as it can be anything.

What do you think?

Do you think it is possible for us to avoid triggers? If so how do you do it? Please get in touch and let us know!

Best wishes



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. No a trigger can be anything and most of the time there are no triggers, maladaptive daydreaming just happens. You can’t choose it or help it.

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