Hi to whoever is reading this. I'm very glad to have found this forum, and realizing that a lot of people are experiencing similar situations, it's kind of reassuring.
I started daydreaming when I was about 12 years old (?), it was when I first started watching anime, and I would create a character representing myself in those stories. I think that was still quite normal, considering a lot of people fantasize about movies and books and stuff. The situation got out of hand though recently. I started having more 'realistic' daydreams, by this I mean that the people and setting and everything else actually looks real. And I would spend long periods of time daydreaming. I could not concentrate in class at all, and I could spend 4 hours sitting at my desk and end up not revising a single page of content because I was daydreaming the entire time. I would stop whatever I'm doing just to daydream, even if I'm taking an exam. If I'm alone, I would mouth words, sometimes actually speaking softly, and my body would move slightly according to the story. My grades ended up dropping drastically (thought they were never that good to begin with). I'm about to take some important exams, so I am desperate in stopping MD.
Having done a bit of research about MD and read some posts here, I got confused. I've noticed that it's more common for people who've had traumatic experiences to develop MD, yet I've never had any remotely traumatic experience, and it kind of just started naturally. I couldn't figure out the cause of it. I have no trigger either. Whatever appears in my daydreams could be something I've seen in reality, or something I seemed to have made up entirely. What bothers me the most is that my daydreams are all very depressing, basically anything unfortunate you could think of being combined together, so they're actually making me , and anxious because I'm somehow worried that whatever happens in my daydreams could actually happen irl. Even if I forcefully try to give them a happy ending, it all just somehow turns again. May I ask if anyone else has encountered these situations?
Like many others, I've been trying to find a solution to this. I've tried writing down my daydreams, just to keep a record, and this ended up discouraging me from daydreaming (to a certain extent) because I was too lazy to, and felt weird about writing them down. I've also downloaded some study apps, and the timer that records the time when I'm studying actually helped a little. The first time I used it, I was able to concentrate for one hour, suppressing several urges I had towards daydreaming. This was followed by 4 hours of daydreaming. These methods didn't work well for me, but maybe they'll work for some of you.
Thank you to whoever spent the time to read this, and I hope we can all get through this. I hope you will have a good day/night :D