Hi my name is Samantha and I am 16 years old. I had no idea what maladaptive daydreaming was until a couple months ago. I assumed everyone daydreamed 24/7 so I thought it was normal. I was very wrong. I have been maladaptive daydreaming ever since I was around 5 or 6 years old. It was my little escape from reality. I spend hours and hours a day in my own imagination. I like daydreaming because I can forget about everything and escape all my responsibilities. I am also clinically diagnosed with social anxiety so maladaptive daydreaming allows me to feel less lonely. I usually daydream at night before I go to bed or during long car rides. But sometimes I will catch myself involuntarily going into a daydream. I daydream about many different stories and scenarios. I like to let my imagination run loose. Ive created so many storied in my head, Ive lost count. Day dreaming has never really been an issue for me. Actually, daydreaming helps me feel quite relaxed and at peace. But recently I have been daydreaming so much. I don't want it to become an obsession because I don't want it interfering with my daily life. (which is what is starting to happen.) But at the same time I don't want to get rid of daydreaming because its one of the only things that makes me happy, and it keeps me optimistic. So I guess I want to learn to control it is what im saying. Please let me know if you have any tips. Thanks!
I never knew that day dreaming can be a disorder or it is now a disorder. I just read a post about maladaptive day dreaming and the words itself catches my attention that made me go to the google and searched about it. That is where I found this group. Day dreaming my favorite hobby, whenever I am alone, before sleeping, when i wake up in the middle of a sleep I will day dream again before going back to sleep and when I am in a long ride, I tend to daydream a lot. ‘Coz in that moment, I can be the person I wanted to be. I can be what ever person I wanted to be me and sometimes, no, most of my daydreams, I cried. And it bring me to reality. I don’t know but sometimes, I just really wanted to feel pain coz in that pain, I can release all my baggages. So then, I intentionally daydream a painful scene that could make me cry. Maybe because, in real life I cannot cry even I want to ‘coz I don’t want people to see my tears falling. This is the very first time that I am sharing this kind of deep and sensitive informations about me. luckily, this group doesn’t need any personal information to involved. Hopefully, I can understand more in sharing and learning from everyone here. Godbless