Maladaptive daydreaming (madd) is a mental disorder/condition that describes excessive daydreaming, most times hours at a time, that interferes with one’s life. The key factor here is not what you daydream about. It’s for how long you daydream and how much it prevents you from living reality.
How do I identify Maladaptive Daydreaming?
Spending more than half your day with your mind wandering to the point that it disrupts your life is the biggest indicator that your excessive daydreaming has become maladaptive.
do facial expressions, move around, talk, sing or dance while daydreaming
have multiple universes, characters and stories
use music, books, movies or day to day situations to help them daydream about specific situations
feel safe inside their daydreams
daydream hours at a time, sometimes even an entire day
daydream while supposed to be asleep at night
find it hard to stop daydreaming
find it hard to focus on a movie, song or book because they automatically feel the need to daydream
What Maladaptive Daydreaming is NOT
Do not confuse Maladaptive Daydreaming with having halucinations, psychosis, or other similar mental disorders or just normal daydreaming. Maladaptive daydreams are aware of the fact that they’re daydreaming and are able to distinguish daydreaming from reality.
The best, most jam-iest music that needs to be on full blast. and moves that could ~kill~. Literally. Their daydreams only happen when in fast motion, whether it’s hopping, dancing, skipping, gettin’ down, or runnin around. Loves speakers, having the house to themselves, and socks. Hates that they can’t easily daydream when others are around.
The most common type. Earbuds are ~essential~. All they need is a comfy, climate controlled space to walk around and get absorbed. Love socks, hiking and the time when everyone else goes to bed. Hates when people ask them why they pace so much and always wear big ol’ sweatshirts.
The props person
Needs props. Always. Something to hold to make their daydreams more real, perhaps a bottle for when their para is at a party or a wand for the fantastical. A lowkey thespian. Loves collecting stuff (probably stamps), gloves and their siblings. Hates cleaning their room.
Talking to yourself! Acting out every motion! Pretends to be super tuff but is just a lil bab that must be protected. Contrary to popular belief, doesn’t enjoy acting. Loves being alone, hates when they get caught talking to theirself. The most highkey.
The lucky ones
Don’t need to move or anythin’, just a comfy spot to curl up in with some music and a few scenario ideas. Probably has organized pinterest boards for each of their characters, relationships and scenarios. Loves long car rides and browsing pinterest. Doesn’t hate anything tbh.
Which one(s) are you? I’m a mix of mover and shaker and thespian :)
The idea is to live your life in a way that makes you feel lit up. Alive. Full fledged. Beautiful. Know and find what nourishes you inside out, bones to skin and then you build your world from that alone. All else is not part of your revolution; Or your ultimate evolution.
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