hi i’m new here. i’m josie and i’m 16, i’ve never done anything like this before but i hope it helps me understand myself better and be more comfortable with myself. i’ve been maladaptive daydreaming for around three years now and it’s really interferes with my personal life. i can daydream up to hours of just made up things inside my head, which mostly have storylines around them. i’ve realized how much i prefer daydreaming to real life lately and i hate that i want to live in a fantasy more than my actual life. i’ve never been diagnosed with anything but i believe i have some form of anxiety. i have friends but i get really anxious with even them and especially when i’m around people i don’t know, even if it’s just one other person or five. i don’t talk to my parents about it or about a diagnosis because i feel like they wouldn’t understand and think it’s all in my head. the one time i talked to my dad about it he acted like i was crazy. i feel like i look like a normal teenager on the outside other than being quiet most times in social situations. i have no idea what’s actually going on with me though and i’m so scared i’ll never accomplish anything because of my fantasies. i really hope everyone in here feels safe enough to let out their feelings about their own experiences
Welcome to the forum! I haven't told anyone about what I'm experiencing, except my journal . My advice to you is that whenever you feel the urge to daydream, find something to distract you. Maybe try crafting, exercising, or even just doing chores. Once you feel yourself entering your daydreams, try to stop yourself and do something that distracts you. I started journaling about a month ago, and it really helps. Also, try to identify what your triggers are, and avoid them. This might be something like listening to music. Once you identify it, it helps since you know what causes your daydreams, and how to treat it better. Remember, no one will judge you for what you're going through. Have a nice day, and take care of yourself.