Hiya, I'm new here - I go by Jasmine here in case this is seen by someone I know in real life.
I started daydreaming at 6-7 years old and was convinced for a time that this world wasn't real, that I needed to escape to the real world. I spent a decade of my formative years daydreaming scenes with real or imagined people, for 4-8 hours every single day. I did this to cope with crushing insecurity as I was utterly convinced no one wanted or loved me.
I hit a wall in 2020 that forced me to get professional help and medication for depression, and I finally told someone about my daydreaming for the first time. It broke my heart, because I had daydreamed that conversation a hundred times.
Since then I've been making some progress, regressing at times, and just doing the humdrum of life. I joined this forum because I had regressed badly and wanted to re-commit.
I hope I can contribute to others as they go through their own stuff, and learn for myself too.