Hi everyone. I'm Mary, from Cyprus. I'm very happy i found this blog by accident. My best friend sent me an article which contained this link and its been some time I keep coming back and forth, considering if I should join. I feel guilty of having MD and I'm ashamed of it because I've always believed that it as a psychiatric condition. And Im happy it's starting to get some recognition and that I am not alone in this. So, thank you to the person who created this forum. I remember starting MD when I was about 10 and there was a lot of bullying at school and home life was hectic. I remember telling my best friend when i was about 12 and Im glad and grateful for being able to trust her on this. Having someone to honestly trust who wouldn't judge you and understand you, it's what is most important to reassure you that you still live and nothing is wrong with you. Having MD took me back from everything. For me it was a way of escape and i was happy doing it. But brought about insomnia, isolation, loneliness, confusion, depression and stagnation in life in general.i managed to quit it but I'm always afraid of not being actually able to cope with it in the long term. I've visited psychologists but all seemed unaware of the condition saying either that it's developed because of insecurities or because of depression, so I lost my trust in them. And I want to seek help but i don't know where to go. I have read that some medications help preventing MD, is that true and if yes, which ones? What is your advice in terms of seeking professional help? Are there any psychologists with specific expertise like on OCD that you think could be helpful? I'm worried that most professionals are either unaware or naive on MD and reading from other experiences as well i find it almost impossible for someone to quit MD by himself. Thank you for reading this message and sorry for the long introduction.
I, personally, haven't had much success in treating MD with medications. There also aren't really any medications that are proven to work specifically on MD. However, if you have an underlying mental illness that is causing your daydreaming to be maladaptive (anxiety and depression are the most common), then taking medication to treat those will theoretically also decrease your urge to daydream.
As for seeking professional help, I agree with alvi. Also, if you think that some other mental illness or emotional problem is causing your daydreaming to be maladaptive, then presenting your MD as a symptom of that other issue might cause it to be received better. MD is often an unhealthy coping mechanism, and while your therapist might not know of MD specifically, there's a good chance that they do know how to treat unhealthy coping mechanisms since they are so common.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.