What exactly is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is a talking therapy mostly used to help people dealing with depression and anxiety. It supposedly helps manage your issues by changing the way you think and behave. CBT helps us to replace thoughts and behaviours that aren’t working for us (I don’t know about you but the maladaptive daydreaming really isn’t working for me anymore) with new ones that work better for us.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking treatment which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.mind.org.uk

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aims to help with our massive problems by breaking them down into manageable pieces in a positive way.  CBT is based on the notion that your feelings and actions are interconnected and that our negative emotions and thoughts can trap us in a vicious cycle. Whilst CBT is a talking therapy it is different from seeing a psychotherapist or counselor as CBT deals with your current issues, as opposed to dealing with issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind and you are shown how to change negative patterns into positive ones.


How does CBT work in regards to Maladaptive daydreaming?

I had a session with a psychotherapist who advised me to see a CBT therapist as I was feeling particularly anxious on the day when I saw this therapist.  I was demanding solutions to solve the MD because I was beginning to have enough of constantly daydreaming at work the whole time and therefore not be able to do my job properly.

what is cbt?The therapist said to me if that was the case to look for a CBT therapist as they will deal with the MD in the sense of making the daydreaming feel unpleasant so it would be actually possible to stop the maladaptive daydreaming. However, he told me that CBT won’t help or solve the issues that are causing the MD. CBT won’t help with dealing with past trauma, it instead is all about dealing with present situations.

CBT helps to change the way we feel about situations  and change our behaviour. Therefore it makes sense that CBT could change our maladaptive daydreaming behaviour.  I just wonder though once it has done that, then what will we fill the void with? However, if like me you’re having sleeping problems, then CBT could help to identify the thoughts that make it difficult to sleep and address them. Also with anxiety, it could address what is currently making you anxious and help to make you see that facing these problems will give you faith in your own ability to cope.



CBT Books

I have decided to first try and read: Retrain Your Brain: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks: A Workbook for Managing Depression and Anxiety.

Why that CBT book?

  • It’s one of the cheaper ones on Amazon.
  • It has a timeframe  (7 weeks) to adhere to, which is what I like.
  • The reviews are very good.
  • There’s a workbook the promises to be easy to digest.

Have you tried CBT?

Have you tried CBT? Did it work? Please contact me or leave a comment below.  We’d all love to 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.

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