I have been maladaptive daydreaming for as long as i remember. I am now 31 and i feel like most of my life has been lived in my head with people that are not real. I have been feeling very low lately and it is a result of the maladaptive daydreaming because i want to stop but cant. I know alot of people find comfort in it and i did at one stage too but now i am finding it distressing. i think ive become so fearful that i wont create a meaningful life outside of my head that its starting to truly scare me and make me feel anxious. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone but its nice to know there are other people struggling with it.
It can be quite scary and depressing to feel like your real life won’t ever measure up to your daydreams. I know I’ve been struggling with that a lot lately myself.
It might help to think of MD as a behavioral addiction, as that’s basically what it is. There isn’t a whole lot of info out there about recovering from MD, but there is a significant amount of info about recovering from other behavioral addictions like gambling, shopping, and video games, so you might find some useful stuff on sites about them.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.