My name is Brandon and as the title says, I'm new to this community. For as long as I can remember I have daydreamed and thought nothing of it because obviously daydreaming is a normal thing. I am naturally an introvert and I was always a quiet/shy kid. I've grown more out of my shell as I've gotten older (I'm 29 now) but I will always be someone of few words. I have always gotten pretty deep in to my daydreams. Smiling, laughing, whispering to myself. It never bothered me because I never second-guessed it. Every now and then my mom, dad or sister would catch me giggling to myself and they would call me out but I would it off because I thought it was funny. I have always refrained from doing this in public because I knew it wasn't exactly socially acceptable to be having conversations with myself. It wasn't until college where talking to myself started to become somewhat of a problem that concerned me. I also noticed that it was around this time that I started getting depressed more and stressed out from school and other issues associated with becoming an adult. The daydreaming and difficulty being present was beginning to hinder myself and my ability to form relationships. For a while I was googling what this problem could be but I never got any great results. My therapist didn't have an exact answer for the condition either aside from how to work with it. It wasn't until very recently that I stumbled upon the condition "maladaptive daydreaming" from a youtube video and everything about it just hit the spot. I don't like to self-diagnose but I continued to do more research and the accuracy was surprising.
Anyways, that's my story and I apologize if it was a bit long. I'm glad I found a supportive community for people with this condition.