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If You Can Fantasize For Hours, There’s a Name For That: Maladaptive Daydreaming

Maggie Ryan, assistant editor of Popsugar Fitness, recently published a short article on MD. If gives a brief overview of the condition and adds to ever spreading awareness and interest in the topic.

Maladaptive daydreaming is defined as daydreaming that is both very excessive and extremely immersive. It’s “the ability to daydream in a very unique way, which is more immersive, fanciful, vivid, emotional, than most people,” Dr. Soffer-Dudek explained, coupled with the compulsion to do it “excessively, to the point where it harms your life or impairs different domains of functioning.”

Dr. Soffer-Dudek compared it to watching a soap opera or a movie, “but you’re in the movie, so it’s even more exciting.” People with maladaptive daydreaming can spend hours in the daydream without wanting to stop; the behavior tends to become addictive. In her research, Dr. Soffer-Dudek has observed that maladaptive daydreaming also appears to be more prevalent among young people, though people of any age can experience it.


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