I’m really happy to be here and find this wonderful forum. My name is Lissa! I’m 18 and of the female species. I’m almost done with high school and also finished my freshman year of college on the side. I’m studying to be a nurse and I’m currently a pharmacy technician. I’ve been maladaptive daydreaming (finally found the term for I’m OBSESSED) for essentially my whole life. I’ve struggled with bad anxiety and depression due to genetics and family problems. I went to therapy and now I’m low dose medicated but still find I can’t drop the habit of daydreaming! My panic attacks have gone away but I still suffer from depression. When things in my life are going bad I daydream myself into that same life but spice it up to my liking. I use to daydream myself into happy places like books and movies but now I’m almost lying to myself about my life. Trying to make things better than they seem in my daydreams. It’s counterintuitive considering now I don’t know how I feel about most situations. I could use some help stopping this habit!
Welcome to the forum, Lissa! I hope you can find some reassurance here. Something that a lot of people have told me on here is to try a new hobby. Whenever you feel the need/urge to daydream, you can try something new to keep you distracted. I've tried journaling and drawing, and it's really helped. I haven't daydreamed any less since starting it, but it proved as a creative outlet I could turn to if my daydreams got too crazy.
Don't be afraid to reach out on the forum! Someone will almost always be here to help you out. Responses might take a while, but they will eventually come! Stay safe, and good luck out there!