Wednesday, June 19

LifeHacker Covers MD

The Difference Between Normal and Maladaptive Daydreaming

Lifehacker is a blog-style website that provides “tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done”. Recently freelance writer Emily Long covered the topic of MD there, in an article titled “The Difference Between Normal and Maladaptive Daydreaming”. It gives a quick definition of MD and overview of some potential causes, but unlike the title may suggest it does not do a side by side comparison of typical daydreaming vs maladaptive daydreaming. Still, large websites with large audiences is a sign that awareness continues to grow and the general public and media are interested in hearing about it!

Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

So-called maladaptive daydreaming may actually feel pleasant and therapeutic in some cases, but it can become troubling when it gets in the way of school, work, relationships, and other day-to-day functioning. This is true of any official diagnosis—functional impairment is a key factor. That is to say, if it feels like a problem to you, it may be worth seeking support.

If you believe you are experiencing maladaptive daydreams, consider seeking out a therapist who can help you navigate your symptoms (much easier said than done, we know) . Since maladaptive daydreaming is a relatively new concept with no “official” treatment, you may not readily find someone who specializes in it. But clinicians who have experience with cognitive behavioral therapy and/or mindfulness or who work with behavioral or obsessive-compulsive symptoms may be a good fit.

To read the full article click HERE.

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