Thursday, October 6

Phenomenological analysis of maladaptive daydreaming associated with internet gaming addiction: a case report

Maladaptive Daydreaming Associated with Internet Gaming Addiction

Researchers from New Delhi, India, recently published an academic paper detailing the case of a 16 year old boy with both Maladaptive Daydreaming and a gaming addiction. The paper talks about his therapy and management, read the abstract below:

Maladaptive daydreaming (MD) is an immersive fantasy activity that leads to distress and socio-occupational dysfunction. MD has many features suggestive of behavioural addiction, but research exploring the phenomenology of this clinical construct is limited. MD has also been purported to be a maladaptive strategy to cope with distress, but often leads to uncontrollable absorption in fantasy world, social withdrawal and neglected aspects of everyday life. In this paper, we report the case of a 16-year-old boy who developed internet gaming disorder and MD after experiencing cyberbullying from his peers. The patient engaged in vivid, fanciful imagery that lasted for hours, leading to social dysfunction and academic deterioration. Baseline assessment revealed a Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale-16 score of 65 (cut-off 50) and an Internet Gaming Test-20 score of 86 (cut-off 71). The patient was managed primarily with psychological intervention. The therapy focused on behaviour modification and cognitive restructuring. Patients in clinical setting should be questioned about MD when presenting with excessive use of technology or other forms of behavioural addictions. Further studies are necessary to determine the biopsychosocial factors of MD and its correlates. There is also a need to study treatment and management approaches for treating MD.

Sharma P, Mahapatra A. Phenomenological analysis of maladaptive daydreaming associated with internet gaming addiction: a case report. General Psychiatry 2021;34:e100419. doi:10.1136/gpsych-2020-100419


A link to the full article can be found on the ICMDR webpage HERE.