Hello, my name is Reese I go by she/they/he pronouns, I've been daydreaming since I was at least 6 (I am now 15). I recently found out about MD and I'm not going to lie I was kind of scared at first, I didn't really realize what I had been doing for years wasn't considered "normal".
I've always imagined that I was in some of my favorite TV shows and movies as a main character interacting with my favorite people. I thought I just had a really active imagination, it wasn't until I realized that I didn't know anyone else around me who did the same. When I finally brought it up to somebody they called me crazy and blocked me out of their life, I was very hesitant to even look up anything about it because of this but now that I know I'm not alone it makes me feel so much better.
So, it is nice to meet all of you and I hope I can learn a lot from this cite.
Hello Reese! I just recently discovered my condition as well. I have kept it a secret for over 10 years now, it is a relief to find many online users who struggle with maladaptive daydreaming! Wish you the best of luck on our new journey to become “normal”
In general, daydreaming becomes maladaptive when it interferes with your ability to function. If you have self-insert characters or complicated worlds, it could still be normal (though it would most likely be considered immersive daydreaming), as long as it doesn't interfere with, for example, your ability to complete tasks for school or maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.