Today starts treatment trials for maladaptive daydreaming. The program was set up by Eli Somer and his team at the International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research. I was lucky enough to get a spot in this round of their new, experimental treatment program and am very excited to start.
Unfortunately, by being a participant I’ve also agreed not to share any details about the program. They’ve had so much interest in this experimental treatment program that they aren’t taking any new applicants at this time. You can still sign up to be notified if they do start taking more applicants and about general research updates.
I really hope this online treatment program helps a lot of people and I’m so glad that I can be a part of it. Like I said, I can’t share details, but I’ll report back as to how my daydreaming is going every once in a while.
I’m lying to myself today.
My therapist is always saying how literal and basically gullible our brain is. If you think “I can’t do this,” your dumb brain literally will believe you can’t do it. If you think “getting my kid to sleep is always such a battle,” then your brain is literally preparing to go to battle. How freaking weird right?
So, I decided to try this today. I woke up feeling like crap, per usual. Except I decided to just keep saying, “man, I’m so fidgety today. I just can’t sit still.” Not true at all. I also threw on some punk rock songs about drugs and cocaine for good measure.
And it started to happen. I became fidgety. I didn’t want to sit still. Whut?!
Mind games, man. Whatever works I guess.
How’s everyone doing today?
I had an inkling about a year back to start a blog about maladaptive daydreaming. That’s when I first discovered the disorder. Rather, that’s when I discovered that this thing had a name.
Maladaptive Daydreaming (MD) characterizes individuals who engage in vivid, fanciful daydreaming for hours on end, neglecting real-life relationships and responsibilities, resulting in clinical distress and functional impairment.Soffer-Dudek N and Somer E (2018)
I didn’t start a blog then because I felt like I was on an upswing. I wasn’t really daydreaming, so what could I have to add?
I’m not in the upswing anymore. It crept back into my life slowly. First, as I fell asleep at night. Then while driving. Little by little, until yesterday I was pacing again. Talking out loud again. In front of my 10 month old son, no less.
So I decided I need an outlet. I need to be a part of this community. I need support and I want to support others. The way I know how to do all that is through blogging.
I hope I can find some other bloggers who also daydream, even if they don’t write specifically about their daydreaming all the time. I’ll be looking around and reaching out to people as much as I can. If you daydream and have a blog, please drop your link in the comments. If you know anyone else with an active blog about maladaptive daydreaming you can drop their link too.
Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (2018, May 15). Trapped in a Daydream: Daily Elevations in Maladaptive Daydreaming Are Associated With Daily Psychopathological Symptoms. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5962718/#__ffn_sectitle.