If you’ve stumbled onto this page, you’re probably looking for help with your daydreaming problem. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place!
While it’s often a relief to find a name for the struggles you’ve been going through, it can also be overwhelming. One of the first things you’ll discover as a beginner is that you don’t know where to find support.
Some of the common questions people ask are, where can I find more information about maladaptive daydreaming? How do I cure MD? Where can I find other people like me? Is there a professional I can go to for help?
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the answers, even for the experts! Out of the thousands of Google results on MD, there’s no way of knowing which ones will be the most helpful.
While finding support is the smart thing to do, you have quite a few obstacles standing in your way. In this article, I’ll address some of these challenges, and what resources are available to help you out.
The Challenges of Finding Support
When beginning your journey into maladaptive daydreaming, it’s easy to get overexcited. Once you’ve discovered MD, you can’t wait to absorb all the knowledge there is on the subject.
But before you set off searching the Web for every piece of information you can find, there are many things that you need to be aware of first. Here are the three main obstacles you’ll encounter when looking for maladaptive daydreaming support.
Maladaptive daydreaming is still a mystery.
There is one important detail that you can’t overlook – maladaptive daydreaming is still a relatively new concept. Although it was first introduced in 2002, we only have a handful of studies devoted to the subject.
The truth is, there are many things that we just don’t know about MD. It hasn’t even been officially recognized as a psychiatric disorder. This means that if you’re looking for specific information like clinical treatment options, the answers you find will be sparse.
The bright side is, MD is quickly growing in awareness, and new information comes out everyday. In the meantime, though, keep your expectations grounded.
Misinformation is everywhere.
This obstacle has roots in the lack of information you can about MD. Unsurprisingly, a number of people you’ll find on the internet are simply misinformed about what maladaptive daydreaming is.
You won’t have to look very far to find statements about MD that are not supported by research. Many people believe that maladaptive daydreaming is the same as having an active fantasy life, and so they don’t take it as seriously as they should.
In other cases, people wrongly equate it with other mental disorders, which can be damaging to someone looking for answers. If you’re not careful, you can be easily misled too.
It’s hard to find professionals that can help you.
One of the greatest challenges you’ll face is finding professionals you can contact to help you through your condition. Most aren’t even aware that maladaptive daydreaming exists, and worse still, there are very few, if any, that specialize in treating it.
If you do decide to reach out to doctors or therapists, in most cases, you may find that they don’t even know what you’re talking about, or they may misdiagnose you with another mental disorder.
Unfortunately, until the health care system catches up (or you have a very understanding doctor) the majority of your support will come from online.
What Are My Options?
In light of these facts, what’s a beginner to do? Thankfully, maladaptive daydreaming support is not impossible to find. Below I’ve put together a list of people and places you should consider checking out.
- Eli Somer, Phd – Eli Somer is a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. He’s also an expert and researcher on maladaptive daydreaming. Dr. Somer has a YouTube channel with many helpful videos discussing maladaptive daydreaming. Or, you can visit him at his website (site is in Hebrew). If you’re looking for clinical research on maladaptive daydreaming, I would highly recommend you begin with Dr. Somer’s work.
- Wild Minds Network– Wild Minds is an online community for maladaptive daydreamers. Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose, the forum has over 5,300 members. Wild Minds is the ideal place if you would like to interact with other maladaptive daydreamers.
- Facebook and Tumblr – Facebook and Tumblr are also great places to look if you need support. There are several Facebook maladaptive daydreaming groups that you can join. On Tumblr blogs like Maladaptive Daydreaming Support and The Dreamers of Tumblr, you can ask questions and get answers quickly.
- The Dreaming Place – Last, but not least, the website you’re reading this page from is an informational site dedicated specifically to maladaptive daydreaming. Here, you can find everything you need to know about MD, all in one place. I share knowledge and resources to help maladaptive daydreamers control their condition. If you need a one stop source for maladaptive daydreaming support, then look no further.
Seek Out Places You Can Trust
The journey into the world of maladaptive daydreaming can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding reliable information is critical if you need maladaptive daydreaming support. That’s why I’ve created this site to help those who don’t know where to begin.
Twice a week, I write articles on how to get your daydreaming under control. If you’re feeling discouraged and can’t find answers, or if you just need some encouragement, stick around – you just might find something here that can help you.
The road may be long, but it can be made easier when you’re not walking it alone.
Maladaptive daydreamers: what resources would you recommend for beginners?