Post by gardenofsimple on Mar 23, 2021 6:59:19 GMT
Has anyone got advice on talking tot heir therapist about MD? I have recently switched therapists. I felt the last one didn’t take it seriously and brushed it off (not the reason for switching) and now I have reservations about when/how to talk about it with my new therapist.
I feel like it’s important to discuss it as part of wider therapy. As I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people here, MD is the way in which I process a lot of things. At the same time it’s such a private and intimate thing to talk about and I feel quite apprehensive about opening up about it. Any advice on this would be much appreciated. 😊
As MD isn't yet a recognized condition yet its not possible to be formally diagnose with it and due to this it isn't really known about and when it is spoken of it often not really taken seriously by people including mental health professionals.
There is a Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale which can help a person determine if they are experiencing symptoms of MD and printing these out to show to your therapist might be a start. Also some of the main researchers in MD will have professional papers written on the subject that also might be worth giving to your therapist, moderator Dimmer might be able to point you in the right direction of finiing the most useful ones to share. I wouldn't print of a massive amount of stuff but have a few different resources to provide that your therapist can look at. Its also definitely worth giving as much detail as possible into how negatively your daydreaming are affecting you and how you aren't able to stop, you don't have to give details of the daydreaming subjects.
Like Alvi said, MD isn't a formal diagnosis yet, and reception often varies. Presenting some of Dr. Somer's research and publications to your new therapist could help them get on board with MD being a thing. Personally, I've had success in talking about it as an unhealthy coping mechanism, since that's basically what it is, and most therapists will have previous experience treating unhealthy coping mechanisms.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.
Post by gardenofsimple on Mar 23, 2021 20:37:26 GMT
Thanks to both of you. I think that’s a good suggestion to have some ‘back up’ material. I wouldn’t expect my therapist to know much about it, like you say it isn’t a recognized condition. I do hope they will be more receptive to understanding the way it impacts day to day life than the last time.