I am not too sure if this is dissociation or maladaptive daydreaming so I have come to ask about my situation. I have been doing this since I was a child and I am now in my 20s- I would make up scenarios in my head with me in them and I do it all the time. It mostly distracts me from doing my schoolwork and staying present. I find that I also do this during times when I need to listen such as during lectures. When I am home in my room, I will often walk around and around my room while being in the scenario and do this for a long time since childhood. It has now gone to where I will actually whisper or mouth the words I am saying in the scenario. My scenarios tend to be whatever comes to mind and all tend to be pleasant ones. In my real life, it has always been home and school. I have friends but have had friendship problems most of my life, not due to my daydreaming. I like to be social though I am not all that good at it in school. I had a therapist for having high anxiety but never got around to talking about this before I had to stop going. I also think I may have OCD or OCD tendencies. I am not sure how I can stop the constant daydreaming but I am scared it will turn into something worse since I have been doing this for over a decade. Is this dissociation or maladaptive daydreaming? Or something else? (From the USA)I Think I’ve Been Dissociating for Over a Decade
I Think I’ve Been Dissociating for Over a Decade
I wouldn’t jump to pathologize your scenarios. I understand the concern and think that you’ll want to get an opinion from someone doing the kind of work I am suggesting. I am encouraging you to find a licensed therapist that is trained in psychodrama, gestalt, or drama therapy. These forms of therapy utilized invented scenarios to cultivate healing and may be something that you’d be interested in and profit from. Here is a list of psycho-dramatist you can use to find one closest to you.
Wishing you patience and peace,
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