Maladaptive daydreaming

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What is maladaptive daydreaming?

Maladaptive daydreaming is considered as a state in which a person daydreams or imagines as a psychological response to prior trauma or abuse. It is also described as immersive or excessive daydreaming characterized by attendant distress or functional impairment with or without prior trauma.

Common symptoms reported by people with maladaptive daydreaming

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with maladaptive daydreaming

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with maladaptive daydreaming, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with maladaptive daydreaming

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches sexual dysfunction 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
shakiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with maladaptive daydreaming, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has maladaptive daydreaming on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 12
30s 5
40s 6
50s 3
60s 0
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 13
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 0
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

88% Female
12% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 0
Not Diagnosed 16

These charts show data from maladaptive daydreaming patients who have completed their condition history
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