Hello, my name is Winifred. I’m 18 and a female. I’ve always thought I had ADD but never been diagnosed and realized the cause of my distraction is always daydreaming. I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember and spend over 3 hours each day doing so. I don’t know how to control it and didn’t even know it was a disorder to daydream so much till I researched it. It really slows me down and I end up taking so much time doing tasks no matter how easy because my daydreams are very easily triggered. Also, I end up not speaking to people because of how many conversations I have in my daydreams. I don’t know if getting officially diagnosed will help but that’s what I’m currently contemplating so I know better about this and how to curb the effects. Any advice about what to do to help will be great because I really feel stuck more so after finding out that this is an official disorder that’s not easily diagnosed.
Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet so unfortunately it is not possible to get a diagnosis for it at this present time. There is still a possibility that you have ADD as it does appear that it may be a comorbid condition to MD and there are a few types of ADHD that have daydreaming as a symptom so it may still be worth trying to get an assessment for that or looking at some of our ADHD threads for more information.