Yes, I am a maladaptive daydreamer! But, it wasn't until recently I discovered this extreme fantasizing had a name. Today, I share some information about maladaptive daydreaming and my QUICK TIPS to control this behavior.
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Symptoms of MD (courtesy of Medical Daily)
1. Daydreaming excessively in a way that is often compared to an addiction.
2. This excessive daydreaming often begins in childhood.
3. Books, movies, music, video games, and other media may be a daydreaming trigger.
4. The daydreaming itself is often detailed and elaborate, sometimes compared to a movie or novel.
5. Repetitive movements while daydreaming are common (but not always present in sufferers) - pacing, rocking, spinning, shaking something in their hand, etc.
6. They may sometimes talk, laugh, cry, gesture, or make facial expressions as they daydream. People suffering from this know the difference between daydreaming and reality, and do not confuse the two; this makes them distinctly different from psychotics or schizophrenics.
7. Some people will lie in bed for hours daydreaming, and may either have difficulty going to sleep because of this, or have difficulty getting out of bed once awake. They may also neglect basic functions such as regular meals, showering, and other daily activities because of their daydreaming.
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I’m Shaina, and I am a maladaptive daydreamer.
Hello internet! Yes, my name is Shaina and yes I am actually (and literally) what’s known as a maladaptive daydreamer.
In just a second, I’m going to tell you what that is if you’re unaware, but I just want to say Hi, welcome back if you’re a regular on my channel and if this is your first time, it’s nice to meet you.
It’s storytime, let’s gooooooo.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been a daydreamer. Not sure if you know this, but as children, we all have our own ways to cope with stressful situations…some kids draw, I would daydream.
It was a way for me to escape my reality (when I wasn’t completely happy with it) and instead create my own ideal reality in my mind and live there.
I would say my daydreaming reached an all time high in high school. From the outside, it looked like I was paying attention in class, I was getting good grades so it wasn’t anything that like my teachers or parents noticed.
It continued throughout college and into my twenties, until very recently I came across the term, “maladaptive daydreaming.” As I was reading the symptoms, I was checking each one off and in my gut, I knew…BINGO!
So what is maladaptive daydreaming?
In a basic sense, it’s an excessive form of daydreaming. I’m going to put the symptoms down below, but it’s such an extreme form of fantasizing that it tends to interfere with your normal everyday.
For example, you don’t pay attention in class, it takes longer to fall asleep due to daydreaming or you stay in bed longer (in the morning), to continue daydreaming…it’s an addiction. It’s a way to escape pain and stress, the same way that alcohol or drugs are used.
Sometimes you may even talk, laugh and gesture as you daydream. That’s the point that I was like “OK, I need to google this shit.” Am I crazy person?
But here’s the difference between a mental health issuue, psychotics or schizophrenics- maladaptive daydreamers know the difference between a daydream and reality. There are NO blurred lines here and I can attest to that.
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