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.

How do members experience maladaptive daydreaming?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with maladaptive daydreaming*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for maladaptive daydreaming*

Who has maladaptive daydreaming on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 46
30s 19
40s 13
50s 9
60s 2
70+ 0

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 18
Female 81