Maladaptive day dreaming is a psychotic or maybe behavioral disorder acknowledged by professor Somer of Isreal.
In Maladaptive daydreaming, in short MDD, a person not only day dreams but acts out their dreams. He speaks, walks, laughs, does everything like he would in a real life situation. He creates imaginary friends, partners, has imaginary romance, conversations, even sex. It’s more than fantasy and less than schizophrenia.
I’m asking because I suffer. When I found out that it has a name, it was an eye opener. I looked up the sources and triggers, I could see why I was suffering with this problem.
In my case, sometimes I act as I’m talking to my family, talking to my classmates, talking in a YouTube video, having full on real life stimulation. I act as if I’m falling in love, have romantic conversations with an imaginary person in front of me, look into their eyes and do all these things that waste my valuable time and energy.
I’m quite lonely. I’ve been doing this for 4-5 years. Earlier I did this as am escape but not it’s become a habit. It is extremely distracting, extremely exhaustive and tiring. I go on and on daydreaming away my life for 5-6 hours, laughing, having imaginary conversations. Sometimes I fail to differentiate between reality and fantasy.
This cannot go on forever. I don’t like this at all. There are therapies for this in first world countries that I cannot afford here. I wish to suppress this disorder and push myself to be present in the moment.
Even when I’m doing anything in real life, a part of my brain is occupied in imaginary world. I keep daydreaming throughout the day. For example, I’m in kitchen. Doing something for my real family and I’d imagine having a quick chat and laugh with my imaginary partner.
You see, it’s sad. I’m a student. I should study. But I can’t push my brain to be in the “real world”. Even if I socialize and meet real people, I’d still “imagine my imaginary partner” and have conversation, romance, laugh with them.
Any idea or wisdom over this issue?