Sometimes, people will create an imaginary world when they are experiencing distress in their lives. It’s much easier to live in an imaginary world when one’s reality is painful. It’s a form of escapism. Some people are also prone to fantasies.
You seem to have difficulty, at least on some occasions, distinguishing reality from non-reality. You have an emotional reaction to events that happen in your imaginary world. It’s not healthy, and it’s a sign of a potential problem, when you feel trapped or feel that you no longer know what is real. The fantasy world is also preventing you from developing relationships. It’s hurting you.
It was wise to have made this inquiry about a potential psychological issue. My recommendation would be to see a therapist. It’s important to stay grounded in reality and a therapist can assist you with this. A therapist can also analyze why it is that you feel more comfortable in the fantasy world than in the real world. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog