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TikTok Is Fascinated By Maladaptive Daydreaming. So What Is It?
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TikTok Is Fascinated By Maladaptive Daydreaming. So What Is It?

Popsugar features Maladaptive Daydreaming. Assistant editor for Popsugar; Fitness, Maggie Ryan wrote an article covering the basics of Maladaptive Daydreaming. The article was originally titled If You Can Fantasize For Hours, There’s a Name For That: Maladaptive Daydreaming back in December of 2021, but it recently seems to have undergone a small facelift featuring a new title and an update or two. The new title invokes the name of Tiktok but is mostly a basic "what is MD" piece. Recycled though it may be we love to see MD is still on their minds and hitting a new audience. If you missed it the first time around you can read the full article HERE
Dream Prisoners. A life with Maladaptive Daydreaming
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Dream Prisoners. A life with Maladaptive Daydreaming

A short documentary film by Elena Rubtsova The purpose of this documentary movie is to spread information about maladaptive daydreaming phenomena, which might help people suffering from it and their surroundings. The film shows phenomenon of maladaptive daydreaming, underlines the reasons for its occurrence and manifestations, describes the dangers associated with it, and also provides suggestions on how to manage the mental state. This movie is based on people's real stories suffering from maladaptive daydreaming and the scientific opinions of two clinical psychologists, incl. Eli Somer , Ph.D. (Somer first described this phenomenon in 2002). Д/ф «Узники мечты. Жизнь с навязчивыми грёзами»/Dream prisoners. A Life with maladaptive daydreaming - YouTube To watch the film click HERE...
What is Maladaptive Daydreaming and Why is it All Over TikTok?
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What is Maladaptive Daydreaming and Why is it All Over TikTok?

MD Article Published in Fashion Journal Maladaptive Daydreaming was recently featured in an article, by Shaeden Berry, in Fashion Journal, one of Australia's leading fashion titles. From the article: If TikTok can guarantee anything, it’s that at some point during your scrolling, you’ll experience an illuminating moment of watching a video and thinking, ‘Wow, I thought I was the only one’. More than any other social media app, TikTok seems to have the uncanny ability to bring to light human commonalities. It either allows us to feel less alone or help us put a name to the strange habit we’ve always wondered about.For me, that was the case when a particular video crossed my For You Page. It depicted a girl zoned out, making facial expressions, with the superimposed text ‘Me ten minu...
The Magic of Maladaptive Daydreaming
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The Magic of Maladaptive Daydreaming

Her Campus revisits the topic of MD You may remember another article from Her Campus, an online magazine created by, and catering to, college aged women, which featured UIC student Tayo Omoniyi sharing her experience as an MDer (to view that article click here). This month Her Campus revisits the topic of MD with a piece by, communications major, Carola Rios Perez. The article starts with an explination of MD before diving into Carola's personal experience with the condition. Here is an excerpt from the article: I believe that my ADHD is definitely involved in the process of these fantasies, given that I tend to hyperfixate on any given storyline that I concoct, rather than prioritize more pressing matters. My inability to focus on assignments isn’t anything new, as I’ve mentione...
MALADAPTIVE DAYDREAMING: PERCHÉ PUÒ FAR MALE E COME SMETTERE DI FARLO
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MALADAPTIVE DAYDREAMING: PERCHÉ PUÒ FAR MALE E COME SMETTERE DI FARLO

Italian article published. An Italian-language article on Maladaptive Daydreaming was recently published by Agata Maini for The Wom. The Wom is an Italian language magazine for "new generation of women: free to be themselves, gritty, beautiful and (im)perfect." From the article: Il maladaptive daydreaming è una forma di astensione dalla realtà che va conosciuta e, se possibile, contrastata con ogni mezzo psicologico a propria disposizione. Sognare ad occhi aperti non ha mai fatto male a nessuno, a patto che l’avere la testa tra le nuvole non si faccia sistematico e totalizzante.Al momento è difficile definirla sindrome, poiché i libri di psicologia ancora non hanno incluso questa condizione nei manuali diagnostici. Tuttavia, imparare a riconoscerla potrebbe essere utile a qualcun...
MD Discord Watch Party
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MD Discord Watch Party

The Daydreamers mini doc, Sept 23/24 7pm EST The Maladaptive Daydreaming Discord server will be showing The Daydreamer mini doc, by Thomas Renckens, this Friday and Saturday (the 23rd and 24th of September 2022). The film will start at 7pm EST and is 33 minutes long. What if you’re addicted to your own fantasy? The Daydreamers takes a closer look at the phenomenon of ‘Maladaptive Daydreaming’ – a psychological term coined by Prof. Dr. Eli Somer, which is characterised by extensive fantasy activity, so much so that it replaces human interaction and impairs real-life functioning.This is the first ever documentary to touch upon this largely unknown condition, which affects hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Eli Somer for the first ti...
‘I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming
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‘I just go into my head and enjoy it’: the people who can’t stop daydreaming

The Guardian Publishes MD Article. Such reports are of increasing interest to psychologists, who have started to identify a subset of the population marked for their unusually immersive daydreams. At their best, these vivid and compulsive fantasies can be a source of pleasure and comfort, but they can also be a serious cause of procrastination and distraction, and can prevent people from maintaining their social connections, looking after their health or even eating regular meals.With research revealing that as many as one in 40 people may experience these problems, it seems increasingly likely that “maladaptive daydreaming” will soon be formally recognised as a psychiatric disorder. So what is it? And how can it be treated?https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/28/i-just-go-into...
Understanding Maladaptive Daydreaming: Reining in a Wild Mind
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Understanding Maladaptive Daydreaming: Reining in a Wild Mind

OptimisticLearner publishes article on MD Amanda Eagleson, writer for OptimisticLearner.com, recently covered MD in an article for the publication. Optimistic Learner is a site dedicated to bringing you "research-based content... [relaying] psychological, sociological, physiological, and philosophical information in ways that are easy to understand."An excerpt from the article: As this disorder is relatively uncommon and still being studied it may seem an unnecessary subject of study for those who don’t suffer from it. But understanding maladaptive daydreaming and other lesser-known disorders helps in our collective efforts to produce more cooperative and positive societies. Comprehension is often the key to compassion. Below is an extensive list of sources and resources on this top...
Long-Form Documentary Needs MDers
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Long-Form Documentary Needs MDers

Call for participation; filmmaker researching MD for documentary. Filmmaker, Thomas Renckens, is back, calling on the community for aid in the production of a feature length documentary on MD. Over the past few years he has posted similar calls for participation to interview MDers for a short-form film and a book. You can watch the trailer for the short film HERE. The following is his call for participants in researching his latest project: My name is Thomas Renckens and I'm a Dutch documentary filmmaker based in Amsterdam. In 2020 I made a short documentary film about MD - my graduation film from the National Film and Television School called "The Daydreamers".Since then I've been working hard to secure funding to make a long documentary about MD, and I was recently given d...
Daydreaming Has a Dark Side- New Article by New Scientist
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Daydreaming Has a Dark Side- New Article by New Scientist

New Scientist Magazine covers MD New Scientist is an English language publication, both print and online, that covers articles on science and technology. Recently Canadian science writer, Eric Taipale, wrote a piece on MD for the magazine titled Daydreaming Has a Dark Side - Is your fantasising holding you back? Reading the full article will require a subscription to New Scientist, but you can read the first couple paragraphs HERE.