What to Know About Excessive Daydreaming

If you feel like you’re constantly daydreaming or living in your own fantasy world, you may be experiencing excessive daydreaming. While some amount of daydreaming is normal, excessive daydreaming can affect your daily life and make your day-to-day activities difficult. This is a recently identified disorder and researchers are still learning more about the condition.

What Is Excessive Daydreaming?

Excessive daydreaming is a disorder also known as maladaptive daydreaming. It happens in people who have vivid, well-thought-out daydreams that go on for hours. This makes maintaining real-life relationships and responsibilities difficult. This disorder is not recognized in standard mental health manuals.

Excessive daydreaming may fully immerse you in an imaginary world, making it difficult for you to maintain healthy interactions and complete your responsibilities in the real world.

If you’re having maladaptive daydreaming, you may read books, watch movies or television, or play video games for long periods of time. These actions might feel compulsive and last for several hours each day. 

Excessive daydreaming can affect your academic, interpersonal, or work life. While maladaptive daydreaming is not yet identified as a mental health behavioral disorder, it may be related to four categories of mental health disorders:

  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbance of attention
  • Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder
  • Behavioral addiction

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