Hello, honey readers ! I'm Phoebe— @muah_muah_puppy — and I'm here today to introduce you to maladaptive daydreaming. Now you may have already heard of this term— you might even experience it– but I'll be letting you know what it is and things the daydreamer usually goes through during it!

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Maladaptive daydreaming, aka daydreaming disorder², is a psychiatric condition where a person regularly experiences daydreams that are intense and highly distracting. They are usually so distracting that the person finds it harder to engage with the task or people in front of them. It was identified by Professor Eliezer Somer of the University of Haifa in Israel.

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Maladaptive daydreaming is quite common if you have dissociative personality disorder, however it is not unlikely for someone who doesn't have dissociative personality disorder to have it. It usually occurs as a coping mechanism in response to trauma, abuse or loneliness. Sufferers create a complex inner world which they escape to in times of distress by daydreaming for hours.

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Many times, real-life events trigger day dreams. These events can include:

  • topics of conversation
  • sensory stimuli such as noises or smells
  • physical experiences

This disorder is not part of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and it doesn’t have any official treatment. But experts say it is a real disorder that can have real effects on a person’s daily life.

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Do you have vivid scenarios playing in your head? Like a story where the plot actually progresses? There are characters— people that feel 100% real to you. They have names, ages, personalities. Settings— places you've cultivated and know the ins-and-outs of. Do you find yourself talking to yourself like there's another human being right next to you? Laughing at jokes "they" made?

Do you find yourself repeating scenes in your head? Again and again because you loved how it made you feel. Happy. Excited. Not alone.

You whisper and talk out loud sometimes conversing with them. Display emotions you feel on your face because of these scenes you're immersed in. You bring these characters and scenes with you everywhere. You always have someone next to you even if no one else can see them. Maybe these scenarios of yours are inspired by scenes of shows or movies, books or things that happened to you in real life. Maybe you've tweaked them slightly so they fit exactly what you want to experience. You've developed a reality where you're the sole creator and everything's under your rule. It's calming and makes you feel in control. That's a great feeling, isn't it?

You are a maladaptive daydreamer.
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links for more information:

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-29/december-2016/maladaptive-daydreaming

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/maladaptive-daydreaming

https://prcp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.prcp.20190050

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You should talk to your doctor or a mental health professional if you feel like excessive daydreaming is negatively affecting your daily life(relationships, work or school performance, sleep, etc.).