Are you a dreamer? Are you a person that loves to daydream? Did you know that if you are constantly daydreaming to the point, it interrupts your life that you may be battling the psychiatric condition known as Maladaptive Daydreaming? It’s true and contrary to many people’s belief; it’s a real condition identified by Israeli Professor Eliezer Somer of the University of Haifa.
Maladaptive Daydreaming causes intense daydreaming that distracts a person from what’s immediately going on in their real life. Sometimes actual life events trigger these daydreams. For example, Topics conversation, Noises or Smells (Stimuli), Physical Experiences.
*This disorder is not part of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
Symptoms of Maladaptive Daydreaming
– Extremely vivid daydreams with their own characters, settings, plots, and other detailed, story-like features.
– Daydreams triggered by real-life events.
– Difficulty completing everyday tasks.
– Difficulty sleeping at night.
– Overwhelming desire to continue daydreaming.
– Performing repetitive movements while daydreaming.
– Making facial expressions while daydreaming.
– Whispering and talking while daydreaming.
– Daydreaming for lengthy periods (many minutes to hours).
Diagnosis of Maladaptive Daydreaming
The Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale was created by Professor Eliezer Somer and has 14 parts. There are five key parts.
1. The content and quality (detail) of dreams.
2. A person’s ability to control their dreams and compulsion to dream.
3. The amount of distress caused by daydreaming.
4. A person’s perceived benefits of daydreaming.
5. How much daydreaming interferes with a person’s ability to carry out their daily activities.
Treatment of Maladaptive Daydreaming
There is no official treatment for Maladaptive Daydreaming.
There is still a lot of controversy over this condition as most in the psychiatric community do not believe that day Maladaptive Daydreaming is a disorder. Many believe the day dreaming can be a symptom of other disorders like, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Adult Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Depression.
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