Hello! I am a 16 year old and I just discovered the term “maladaptive daydreaming disorder” and am quite surprised to know that what I have been experiencing is an actual disorder/addiction. I mean I pretty much grew up in my “daydream world” that seems almost as real to me as the real world.
I had always wondered about whether others daydream as much as I do until my friends made me realise that spending up to 3 hours being lost in my daydreams were not exactly normal/common. I had then blamed it on my personality, being too imaginative and curious. But having a very turbulent sense of identity, I could never quite understand my personality and character myself. As such, I am always trying to understand myself better, using personality tests like the MBTI personality test and the enneagram personality test. So just recently, I came upon a question posted on Quora about whether INFPs are more likely to have maladaptive daydreaming disorder or ADD and immediately searched up on it. Looking at the symptoms as stated on different websites, I was surprised to find that I exhibited all the symptoms! Curious about my condition, I then dug more into it and a website brought me here.
It is a strange feeling to suddenly know that there is an entire community who have the same condition as me after spending all these years in my own “dream world” completely alone. I suppose I might just be relieved to know that I am not the only one and there are people out there who can relate with me. And as such, I am really grateful for the existence of this community and I hope that I will have a good time here!