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Dreaming the Day Away
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Dreaming the Day Away

Epigram Student Newspaper published piece on MD Last month Daisy Wigg, contributor for the University of Bristol's independent student paper, Epigram, published a rundown of Maladaptive Daydreaming. In a case study conducted by the Research Centre for Trauma and Dissociation, one sufferer of MD, Peter, describes using it as a distraction from his isolated reality, triggered by childhood bullying and pictures on the internet. Whilst his creation of alternate realities gave temporary respite, he also notes the regret of missed intimacies and describes himself as lacking a sense of maturity. The centre’s work with Peter did not seek to completely remove the use of daydreaming but looked to adapt it into an effective coping mechanism rather than a compulsion. Dreaming The Day Away (ep...
Maladaptive Daydreaming vs Inattentive ADHD; How to Spot the Difference
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Maladaptive Daydreaming vs Inattentive ADHD; How to Spot the Difference

Inflow Describes Similarities and Differences in MD and ADHD Inflow is an app designed to help users manage ADHD, their associated website also publishes articles relevant to that mission. Recently the site published this piece on the differences between MD and Inattentive ADHD. People with and without ADHD daydream. It becomes maladaptive when it interferes with daily life, and the dreamer urgently needs to return to dreaming. Maladaptive daydreaming (MD) is not a recognized mental health condition, but researchers are working towards distinguishing it from other established conditions. MD is often misdiagnosed as ADHD, even though the two are separate. Maladaptive daydreaming can present like ADHD since it can lead to inattentiveness and ...
Back to Life; Lolina’s “Live in Paris”
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Back to Life; Lolina’s “Live in Paris”

Contributor for Bandcamp Daily details the MD Experience Kainoa Nagao, a Brooklyn writer and community worker, details their experience with MD through this lovely vignette of their experience with music. The urbane sound collage of Live in Paris was captivating to me. I had just exited my first relationship and was not handling the break-up well. Living completely alone in an environment as energetic as New York City quickly created a level of lonely anonymity to the point where I felt like a ghost, and Live in Paris fed off that facelessness. Something about hearing the chain-lined combat boots walking on “Chance” or the incessant car horns and conversations on “Rage” separated me from the real world and allowed me to visualize something different, something better. Yes, I could...
Maladaptive Daydreaming; Signs, Impact and 7 Ways to Stop Doing It
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Maladaptive Daydreaming; Signs, Impact and 7 Ways to Stop Doing It

Happier Human Tackles MD Happier Human is a book and wesite which takes "the science of happiness" and turns it into "actionable steps for a better life." They recently published this piece on their site about ways to address Maladaptive Daydreaming. If we are to discuss maladaptive daydreaming in the context of happiness, things can get quite complicated. Can we honestly say that people who daydream are less happy and satisfied with their lives than those who choose to anchor themselves in reality?Sadly, researchers have paid little attention to the relationship between happiness and daydreaming. However, some experts believe that daydreaming impact men and women differently. [7] For women, the vividness of daydreaming predicts lower life satisfaction whereas, for men, it’s the f...
When Daydreams Overpower Reality: Maladaptive Daydreaming
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When Daydreams Overpower Reality: Maladaptive Daydreaming

Seattle Anxiety Specialists PLLC talks about MD Seattle Anxiety Specialists is a private outpatient practice serving the Seattle Washington area. Their website provides articles on relevant topics. Last month they published a piece on Maladaptive Daydreaming, illustrating that awareness is spreading among clinicians. Lee (2019) describes a Canadian teenager named Maddie. By her own account, Maddie has been maladaptively daydreaming since she was a young child; as a little girl, she often paced in her driveway while daydreaming. She did this often enough and for long enough periods to wear through the grass and leave a strip of exposed dirt in her wake.[14] These vivid, consuming daydreams continued to be regular parts of her day through her teen years; by her estimate, she spends...
Maladaptive daydreaming, gender myths and me
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Maladaptive daydreaming, gender myths and me

Maladaptive Daydreaming and the Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection is a museum and library in London, they are "a free museum and library exploring health and human experience". Their online presence includes a page on 'stories', "We tell stories about health and human experience. Our words and pictures make connections, provoke new thinking and share lived experiences," and recently featured a story, by Laura Grace Simpkins, on Maladaptive Daydreaming and the feminization of daydreaming. Ever since Odysseus’s men partook of the lotus, daydreaming has been negatively feminised. When the crew members join in with the tribe’s lotus lunch, they take themselves out of the sphere of male labour and reduce themselves to female domesticity and ‘unmindfulness’. In another mythological...
Call for Participation: French Speakers Needed
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Call for Participation: French Speakers Needed

University of Lausanne Conducting Research on Maladaptive Daydreaming I am part of a team led by Daniela Jopp; we are conducting research on this theme at the University of Lausanne, and this post is part of a recruitment effort.We have a focus on developing appropriate approaches to treatment, and on shedding light on the cognitive features of MDers, and interactions between MD and some of its prominent comorbidities.For now, we are only able to test French-speakers, however translation efforts are ongoing and we should soon be able to take on English-speakers as participants.Should you wish to become a subject in our research efforts, kindly express your interest through a mail to valentin.donze@unil.ch. Please specify in the mail whether you are a French-speaker, and we will get bac...
Call for Participation: Grad student dissertation
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Call for Participation: Grad student dissertation

Alliant International University Hello everyone! We are looking for volunteers who are maladaptive daydreamers to better understand their experiences. If you're interested, please click HERE. This study is conducted by graduate student Victoria Richardson, MA, under the supervision of Jan Estrellado, Ph.D. For more information email vrichardson@alliant.edu To participate you must meet these requirements:18 years or older fluent in English recurrent fantasy that is vivid and fanciful daydreaming must occur without substance use no extensive substance use within last six months access to internet.
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...
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