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MD Researchers Discover TikTok
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MD Researchers Discover TikTok

Eli Somer and Jayne Rachael can now be found on the popular platform Maladaptive Daydreamers are finding an audience on the popular app TikTok where some content is receiving millions of views, prompting even professionals to adopt the platform as a way to spread resources, awareness and information. Eli Somer, the psychologist who coined the term 'Maladaptive Daydreaming' and leads much of the research into it has recently set up his own account. You can find it HERE.So has Jayne Rachael, the first MD patient and tireless advocate for the condition. You can see her account by clicking HERE.
LifeHacker Covers MD
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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 som...
Your Brain Friend on Maladaptive Daydreaming
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Your Brain Friend on Maladaptive Daydreaming

Website has added a Maladaptive Daydreaming category Yourbrainfriend.com has added a category titled "Maladaptive Daydreaming" which, currently, has three articles. And they're pretty good XD. They give overviews of MD and it's connection to ADHD, an explanation of the Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale and a "What is Maladaptive Daydreaming" intro post. Here are the individual articles: Maladaptive Daydreaming and the ADHD Connection The Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale Explained What is Maladaptive Daydreaming? All You Need to KnowAnd here is a link to the category
Popsugar Covers MD
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Popsugar Covers MD

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." ...
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Call for Participation; Article

NYC masters program journalist looking for interviewees If you would like to be interviewed by Lauren read the Call below and contact her via the email provided. Hi All,My name is Lauren and I'm a journalist and writer based in New York City. I'm currently working on an article about Maladaptive Daydreaming. I've currently been able to interview the leader of an MD support group and am in the process of setting up interviews with some "experts" including a documentary film director who did a piece on MD. I'm really hoping, however, to get to talk to some people within the community/who experience Maladaptive Daydreaming. Really to provide a platform for your experiences/stories/voices.If anyone here would be at all willing to speak with me, I'd be so appreciative of any time that ...
Her Campus Features Piece on MD
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Her Campus Features Piece on MD

UIC student, Tayo Omoniyi, shares her experience with MD Her Campus is an online magazine created by, and catering to, college aged women. Recently in the sites mental health section a short personal piece on Maladaptive Daydreaming was published. Here is an excerpt from the article: In my daydreams, I had set up my own universe, filled with my own characters, settings, and plots. I could write a dozen novels from the recesses of my old daydreams. Some of my daydreams were also inspired by my real life. However, the daydreams caused a lot of distraction and kept me from really interacting with the world around me. I found myself detaching when I was in lecture, in conversation with someone else, and difficulty concentrating even on everyday tasks.  https://www.hercampus.com/s...
Psychology Today Published Article on MD
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Psychology Today Published Article on MD

The new study on MD and personality traits has piqued the media's attention. Psychology Today picked up Mark Travers' article overviewing a recent study that was published in the journal Personalities and Individual Differences. Below is an excerpt from the piece: According to previous studies, approximately 4 to 6 percent of people spend large chunks of their waking time in fantasy. These fantasies become maladaptive when they produce shame, loneliness, emotional pain, and interfere with one’s ability to engage in normal life activities. Studies suggest that maladaptive daydreaming first appears in youth and is more likely to affect individuals exposed to childhood trauma.In this study, the researchers were interested in identifying the common themes that appeared in the fantasies ...
Daydreamers Film featured in Dutch Newspaper
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Daydreamers Film featured in Dutch Newspaper

De Volkskrant ran a story on The Daydreamers film. Daily morning paper recently published a piece on The Daydreamers film, by Thomas Renckens. The film has been making the rounds in festivals and aired on Dutch television. Here's an excerpt from the story, titled "Dagdromen om niet te hoeven leven" (Daydreaming to not have to Live) in de Volkskrant (translated to English): Where is the border? When does a mental pick-me-up daydream become a disorder, like Jessica's from the documentary? What about Agatha, who replays in her head for hours every day a scene she imagined around a boy she once had a crush on? "They are no longer in control," says trauma psychologist Eli Somer, who spoke to both women at length before the film. " Maladaptive daydreamers have a serious defect, which ...
Forbes Covers MD in Article
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Forbes Covers MD in Article

Awareness Continues to Spread as Larger Publications pick up the topic of Maladaptive Daydreaming Yes, Forbes, the business magazine, covered MD recently. Here's an excerpt from the article titled "Vivid Daydreams Provide A Window Into One’s Personality, Suggests A New Study"; The researchers view this as evidence that maladaptive daydreams offer an outlet for individuals to “realize” unmet emotional and psychological needs in a fictitious environment. They state, “Sufferers from the disorder can spend more than 60% of their waking time in an imaginary world they have created, realizing that it is a fantasy, and without losing complete contact with the real world. One man related how for 30 years now he has been repeatedly imagining the plots of a series that is constantly evolvin...
TherapyTips Interviews MD Researchers About New Study.
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TherapyTips Interviews MD Researchers About New Study.

Mark Travers, PhD, talks with Eli Somer and Reut Brenner about the newest MD publication, Personality Traits and Maladaptive Daydreaming. Mark Travers, Of TherapyTips.org recently sat down with two MD researchers, Eli Somer and Reut Brenner, to discuss their most recent findings. Here's a brief excerpt from the article: Can you talk a little bit about why you narrowed in on the traits of grandiosity, separation insecurity, and Anhedonia and their relationship with maladaptive daydreaming?Eli Somer: We hypothesized that individuals with elevated MD would tend to address unmet emotional needs by engaging in compensatory fantasies specific to these personality needs. We thought that would be reasonable because the MD experience is reported to involve a powerful sense of presence, and ...