What is maladaptive daydreaming?
Have you ever sat through a boring class
only to find yourself drifting into a daydream?
Maybe you’ve dreamt about laying in paradise
minutes before it’s checking out of a shift.
In most cases,
we daydream when we wish to be elsewhere
but can’t change the current setting
or a situation just yet.
It sounds harmless, creative and fun, right?
But, too much of anything is always bad for you.
Here’s what you need to know about maladaptive daydreaming.
What is it?
Maladaptive daydreaming is a term
first coined by Professor Ali Saumur.
It is a psychiatric phenomenon
that can interfere with your ability to
to carry out daily tasks,
including your academics, work and
other regular activities.
Professor Saumur found that
maladaptive daydreaming occurs in people’s lives
who have suffered from severe trauma.
As a result,
they would daydream in order to
escape their harsh painful realities.
What’s interesting about maladaptive daydreaming
is that it actually isn’t represented in the DMS handbook
that psychologists often refer to in diagnosing patients.
However, some professionals believe
it is a mental disorder
that can severely affect the individual.
What are the symptoms?
People who experience maladaptive daydreaming
often get triggered by real-life
traumatizing events or mere reminders of them.
They usually have very vivid detailed daydreams
that contain rich imaginative plots.
You might whisper during these daydreams
which can last for hours
and affect your ability to finish tasks.
You might have trouble sleeping at night, too.
Maladaptive daydreaming can also coexist
with other psychiatric problems,
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including ADD, OCD and depression.
Is there treatment for it?
Unfortunately there is no known treatment
for maladaptive daydreaming.
However, there are techniques
you can use to reduce the symptoms,
such as avoiding potentially triggering people,
places and situations.
There is also medication
one can take to manage their day dreams.
Although maladaptive daydreaming can not
be diagnosed yet by professionals,
we wanted to approach it with an open mind and
enjoyed exploring it with you.
We also included a helpful resource,
provided in the description box for anyone
who may be struggling with dreaming.
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