My name is Piyatida and I started daydreaming a little after my parents divorced and my dad moved to another side of the planet (I was five I believe), I started imagining myself in a different world and regularly did this to escape. I noticed I was less social and I didn't have any friends to hang out with outside of school, my mother didn't see a problem with this since she was out working 95% of the time and I had my two older brothers. I never really liked them though, they're decent but one of them has anger issues and the other one is very close-minded. I also began to lose sleep, I didn't want to stop daydreaming and I always stayed awake long enough for my mother to come home which was usually around 11 PM. For the longest time, I never thought what I was doing was bad because I liked it. It wasn't until I came across a post on Tumblr a while back that I even heard about MDD. I did more research on MDD and some other disorders like anxiety, I tried to tell some of my close friends and my brother about MDD but none of them believed me. I love my friends a lot and I don't hold this against them because MDD isn't talked about a lot and most people who know about it don't believe it's a real thing anyway. In May I will be turning 16, I came to this forum looking for answers to finally tell me whether I'm crazy or not. After reading some threads, I don't think I am. I have a nice balance between real life and my daydreams, my grades are good and I've surrounded myself with a wonderful bunch of people. Although, I am glad to know I am not alone.
Its good that you feel balanced. Many people don't understand what maladaptive daydreaming is until their lives are already way out of balance, and then its really hard to bring it back to equilibrium. This way, knowing what it is and having the support of the forum, you're more likely to recognize when things start to get out of balance and it'll be much easier to correct.
Welcome to the forum! I hope you find whatever sort of support you want here :)
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.
Welcome to the forum. It can be very difficult getting people to listen of believe you when you say dding is a problem as its not a recognised mental health condition. Hopefully here on daydream in blue you will find others that can understand and support you.