So I just heard about Maladaptive Daydreaming, and it might explain some things for me, I'm . I've always had a pretty strong imagination. Whenever I read a book I can picture the whole thing in my head like a movie, and I've never known if that's normal or not. But of course, that's not it. Not even close. Everything else kind of got kickstarted at a young age when my older brother would come up with these big imaginative games that I played with him, and the same thing with books happened here, and I guess it helped fuel my imagination with all these characters and lore. Now since we both grew up, we don't play together anymore, but that imaginative ability still remains. I now find myself coming up with these fantastical stories, viewing them like a vivid movie. So yeah, as far as I know, I think I could have Maladaptive Daydreaming, even if it's somewhat mild. I'd like to see what the rest of you think.
Obviously, there are nuances to the distinction and you’re really the only person who can say for sure what you’re experiencing, but in general, I distinguish maladaptive daydreaming from other forms of intense daydreaming by whether or not it negatively impacts your ability to function. If you don’t experience significant impacts to your ability to function (including whether you can complete tasks efficiently for work/school and developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships), your daydreaming is more likely to be immersive daydreaming than maladaptive daydreaming.
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