Hi, I've just become introduced to the term "maladaptive daydreaming" and would like to meet others with similar experiences. I've always struggled to keep my head out of the clouds, and when I'm lost in daydream land it can be extremely pleasant, it can be a source of creativity, and at times it is more intense by far than reality. On the other hand, I worry and worry and worry about the same things, completely against my own will, even when I know full well it will do no good worrying any more about it. Either way I just can't seem to stop the daydreaming from happening.
I've been diagnosed with major depression and generalised anxiety, I write music and short stories, and work as a guitarist (when there isn't a pandemic on) as well as supporting people with learning disabilities, and I love to read, listen to music and wander about in nature.
I'm extraordinarily forgetful, often can't keep my attention on conversations, on what I'm saying or what others are saying. This effects my work, my hobbies and my personal life to a significant extent.
I've been told by mental health consultants that I have traits of ADHD and autism too, though this is not confirmed.
Those experiences are pretty common for MDers. MD is most often an unhealthy coping mechanism, frequently for other mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Treating those conditions might make you more capable of regaining a balance between real life and daydreams.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.