Hi. I'm new and I didn't know this disorder existed. I am diagnosed with ADD, OCD, and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), but now I guess I have another, less official one to add to the list? I've been daydreaming most of my life. I think it may have stemmed from loneliness and difficulty making friends that began in elementary school. I have friends now, but I can't stop delving into fictional worlds, usually based on tv shows or book series I like.
In college, the ideas turned disturbing enough I started looking for help. I had the daydreaming classified in my head as a type of intrusive thoughts once I learned what OCD was, but now I'm not so sure. I
really need to find a coping mechanism for this, because I want (scratch that: need) to stop about certain topics that I'm afraid of.
I've figured out I push my fears onto my characters. I'm afraid of topics like being kidnapped and tortured or getting raped and my fantasies have those events happening to young characters. This has been happening as long as I can remember. I am a 24yo female and it scares me to think about this stuff.
I daydream when I'm writing. I daydream when I'm reading something boring. I daydream when doing word puzzles. I daydream when my mind isn't otherwise occupied. I daydream when I start about anxious or distressing topics.
I CAN'T STOP DAYDREAMING.
When I found in one of the articles I was reading this morning that there was a forum about this stuff, I decided to take a chance on it. I'm going to speak to my therapist about it too, but if any of you guys have coping ideas that work well, and I'm going to search this site to see what there is, that'd be really helpful. I want to stop.
Yeah. I don't know if that's what I'm supposed to put in this introduction thread, and please let me know (moderators) if I should have refrained from mentioning the topic patterns. I'm hoping it's fine so long as I don't go into detail, but yeah...
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2021 16:09:33 GMT by aprotny: Unintended emojis
Just wanted to let you know real quick that you are not alone, I also daydream about those disturbing topics. They make me really anxious. I just keep trying to create new happy scenarios to daydream about so as to keep my mind off of those topics. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, and I just let my mind daydream about those disturbing topics for a few minutes before forcing myself to stop.