Post by Daydreamer333 on Dec 21, 2019 13:56:12 GMT
I read in an article that maladaptive daydreaming is a coping mechanism to stress, anxiety, and depression...is it really?? I just think it's a weird kind of addiction and an obsessive habit. We do it because we like fantasizing and creating new worlds of our own. I also read that maladaptive daydreaming is somehow associated with autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia. Personally I don't think I am stressed, anxious,or depressed nor I have any sort of other mental issues...still should I be concerned about other mental issues that I may have?
It can often be a coping skill for those things. So can heroin. Coping behaviours are not always good, they can often be ... maladaptive. They can be addictions and obsessions.
MD is highly comorbid with ADHD, more research needs to be dumped into that but it's not out of line to suggest an MDer be assessed for ADHD if that could be a possibility. It's also comorbid with anxiety, depression and OCD, and does a pretty decent job of hiding those symptoms so.. yeah... yeah you should definitely consider that there may be an underlying issue driving the MD that you've been avoiding so well you didn't think you had it.
But... there are also plenty of MDers who don't have any of those problems. They just have MD. That's it. They're not depressed or anxious or anything. You might also be one of those.
As for schizophrenia, no association has been found there. And as for autism, there has been some anecdote from the community but no research to support it. There is a researcher (Melenia West) who is currently doing a study on MD and ASD traits... so I guess maybe that might have some answers when it's published.
I guess, what I would say, is... Don't be too concerned, but do give the possibilities some thought.