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The Debate Heats Up; are we pathologizing normal behavior?
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The Debate Heats Up; are we pathologizing normal behavior?

MD researcher replies to concern over the "DSMing" of everyday life. This week Dr. Johnathan D. Raskin, State University of New York at New Paltz, published an article in Psychology today expressing concern over a trend of pathologizing normal human behavior in a piece titled Is "Maladaptive Daydreaming" a Mental Disorder?, and put forward that Maladaptive Daydreaming is an overt example of this trend. This proposed new disorder epitomizes the “DSM-ing” of everyday life, in which any upsetting or problematic experience is readily assimilated into the lexicon of mental disorder. Surely there are people who daydream more than they would like, and some of them might even encounter relational or work difficulties as a result. However, this is true for lots of things. Many of us work...
Maladaptive Daydreaming: epidemiological data on a newly identified syndrome.
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Maladaptive Daydreaming: epidemiological data on a newly identified syndrome.

​New Study Published A new study on MD was published in Frontiers in Psychiatry a journal which "publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research across a wide spectrum of translational, basic and clinical research." The study was conducted with 1,023 participants by Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek and Dr. Nitzan Theodor-Katz of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. A portion of the abstract is below: Results: The skewness of most items of the 16-item Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale(MDS-16) supports the notion of MD as a binary construct rather than a normallydistributed trait. In the community sample, 4.2% exceeded the cutoff for suspected MD.Rates were higher when focusing on the young adult age group or student samples(5.5–8.5%), suggesting a likely age effect. Following clinical intervi...
MD Might Be a Better Diagnosis for Some than ADHD; new article in Jerusalem Post
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MD Might Be a Better Diagnosis for Some than ADHD; new article in Jerusalem Post

Media covers recent study by MD researchers. Judy Siegel- Itzkovich, editor for The Jerusalem Post, printed an article titled Maladaptive Daydreaming might be a better diagnosis for some than ADHD - Study. The article outlines a recently published study by MD researchers Nitzan Theodor‐Katz, Eli Somer, Rinatya M. Hesseg and Nirit Soffer-Dudek. The story has been picked up by other media outlets since, you can find articles of the same name on Science Daily and Verve Times.An excerpt from the article: Maladaptive daydreamers often report that existing diagnostic labels are unhelpful for them. “Some individuals who become addicted to their fanciful daydreams experience great difficulty in concentrating and focusing their attention on academic and vocational tasks, yet they find tha...
Little Universe Premiers
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Little Universe Premiers

Podcast starts with first episode about Maladaptive Daydreaming. Podcast Little Universe put out it's first episode titled Maladaptive Daydreaming 101. The podcast, by Hannah Hightman, discusses "miniature marvels, small spaces, and interior worlds." The first season will focus on an "oral history of MD". Guests include Eli Somer (researcher), Kristen Fitzgerald (MDer) and Devon Rose (OSDD).The track list includes:Maladaptive Daydreaming 101Daydreaming of a "Better" YouParacosm TourLiving with MD and OSDDHow to HelpClick HERE to see the page on Spotify.
The Postdale Daily Covers MD
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The Postdale Daily Covers MD

Article: Maladaptive Daydreaming; A dangerous type of daydreaming The Postdale Daily is a Ugandan media company that publishes articles on news, politics, business, tech and sometimes mental health. Recently contributor, Mayende Collins Israel, put out a short piece on Maladaptive Daydreaming, following up on a request from a reader. Below is an excerpt: Last Friday (Apr. 1) we published an article on Mental Health and after sharing it on several social media platforms, it apparently ended up in a WhatsApp group where a member after reading reached out to me with a question saying, “I’m kindly requesting for your help If possible please,  How can I reduce or fight against maladaptive daydreaming please sir? because it’s seriously eating me off.”When the term maladaptive daydreaming...
Could Immersive Daydreaming Underlie a Deficit in Attention?
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Could Immersive Daydreaming Underlie a Deficit in Attention?

The prevalence and characteristics of maladaptive daydreaming in individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. A new study on the relationship of MD and ADHD was published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. From the abstract: Maladaptive daydreaming (MD) entails excessive immersion and engagement in complex fantasy worlds, causing distress and impairing functioning. Maladaptive Daydreamers often report that existing diagnostic labels are unhelpful for them. Previous studies reported high rates of comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among persons with MD, raising the question of their separateness. This study explored whether MD differs essentially from ADHD by examining an ADHD sample, hypothesizing a much lower incidence of MD... In ac...
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: MD and Thought Patterns
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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: MD and Thought Patterns

New Study of Maladaptive Daydreaming in Need of Participants Study objective: The current study explores the differences between distinct types of thought patterns impairing people’s ability to concentrate and be attentive to tasks they need to do (e.g., work, classes). We are looking for English-speaking adults who consider themselves daydreamers, or who have been formally diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We are seeking your consent to include you as a participant in our study.  Must be:English speaking18+Daydreamer and/or ADHD (formally diagnosed) Join us for an exciting study at the Consciousness & Psychopathology lab.Link for the study info and certificate of consent:https://bgupsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AHk6fuZ6grPnro
Parallel Lives Back for Season 2
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Parallel Lives Back for Season 2

MD Podcast returns for second year. Parallel Lives premiered in February of 2021. Season one saw hosts, Levi and Dimmer cover topics like 'Overcoming MD', 'A Therapists Perspective' and 'The Daydreamers Documentary'. Season two kicks off with a new host, Q, taking the place of Levi who left to move house and pursue career goals. This season hopes to take on a more conversational tone and so far has covered topics like 'Reacting to Anthony Padilla', 'The Zoom Support Group' and 'Linguistic Features of MD'. The season will run, same as the first, until October of 2022. And (fingers crossed!) will pick up for season three in February of 2023. Click HERE to see the podcast listings on Anchor. And HERE to view on YouTube.
“I Spent a Day With Maladaptive Daydreamers”
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“I Spent a Day With Maladaptive Daydreamers”

Popular YouTube Series covers MDers YouTuber, Anthony Padilla, features Maladaptive Daydreamers in his popular series "I Spent a Day With". I Spent a Day With is a series that focuses on interviewing people from all walks of life and often features episodes covering mental health issues. Guests for the MD episode are; Jayne Rachael, Patient "X", MD advocate and researcher, editor of The Daydreamer Newsletter. Levi, MD YouTuber (MaDDArt) and former Parallel Lives Podcast host. And Kristen, Parallel Lives Podcast host, coeditor of The Daydreamer and MD Youtuber (DimmerSwitchDisco).Watch below, or at Anthony Padilla's YouTube channel HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqqOeE20Grc
New York Posts Covers Maladaptive Daydreaming
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New York Posts Covers Maladaptive Daydreaming

What Happens When Maladaptive Daydreaming Takes Over Your Life American publication, The New York Post, recently published an article on Maladaptive Daydreaming. In the article, by Jane Ridley, two parents talk about realising what their children are experiencing has a name. She admitted that her education suffered since it was “hard to focus” on classes. Her mother, Sara Thom, told The Post that she constantly worried about Ellie’s inattention in school.Thom recounted the time Ellie asked her what she thought about when she was “bored and sitting around with nothing to do.” Thom replied: “It’s usually about my to-do list and what’s happening next.”Ellie, she recalled, looked “disgusted” and blurted out: “But don’t you daydream?”https://nypost.com/2022/02/04/what-happens-when-malad...