I have had trauma in my past from birth until I was old enough to get away from a toxic family and depression runs in my family so I think daydreaming is my own way of dealing with stress in my life but I recognize it’s also escapism. I searched MD and found this forum to find out if this is something I need treatment for but then I think of my sister who is on depression meds and how the meds only help for so long and she was still institutionalized twice so I think I would just rather daydream instead as it does calm me and is more enjoyable than being numb or zoning on weed.
I started daydreaming at 11-12 years old but I would incorporate myself from books or music with fictional characters or I would go back in time to incorporate myself with real people when I read their autobiographies or saw them on tv/movies. When I daydream about celebrities I am a celebrity too and I always think of it as an alternate universe timeline.
I have lived a pretty normal adult life (society statistically speaking) despite my constant daydreaming and my kids are WAY more normal than I ever was at their age. But now that my kids have graduated high school I decided to research MD and find out if I need therapy or meds because I was afraid I would completely immerse myself in daydreaming if I was alone and might wind up being like the mother in Requiem for a Dream. I am also hoping a move back to a city that in the past brought me happiness and kept me from daydreaming my life away does the same this time around and brings me out into reality.
In the meantime I am happy I found this forum as it makes me feel less alone and embarrassed about my daydreaming even though I would never talk about it to anyone else as I feel I am not ready.