Hi, I'm Catie. I'm from the UK in my mid twenties.
I've been a maladaptive daydreamer my whole life. I probably daydream for 2-3 hours per day, as much as I can between the things I need to do in my real life. My MD story has pretty much stayed the same for the past 8 years or so, with minor changes to characters/plots/backstories here and there.
I didn't even know what MD was or that I had it until I happened to stumble across the concept on YouTube and thought "Oh my god, that's me!" it was almost like an epiphany .
Now I know what it is, I feel like I can see more how it affects my real life. I feel a great sense of dissociation, I don't care too much about what happens in my real life as I know I always have my MD to fall back on, where everything is just the way I want it to be.
I feel that I've been using MD to escape the problems that I have with my real self. I'm very self critical and feel MD helps me to become the person I really want to be.
I'm beginning to accept that this person isn't me. I am me. But I don't know what that means yet for me in terms of carrying on my daydreaming, reducing it or completely cutting out.
But yeah, that's my backstory. I'm really glad that this forum is hear. I'm really interested to hear from others with maladaptive daydreaming and hope that this forum can help us
Hi Catie! Welcome to the forum. Recognizing and accepting that your daydreams aren't real is one of the first steps to creating a healthier relationship with daydreaming. I hope you find the support that you're looking for here.
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.