Are You Daydreaming Your Life Away?

Video of Girl Daydreaming

This video (not in English) focuses on the problems of a young child who has severe sleeping issues because she would rather stay awake and engage in fantasy play. To me, it looks very much like she is daydreaming. If you go to the middle of this video at about 3:10, you can see her acting out a fantasy in a way that looks very familiar to me as someone who suffers from MD.

Posted by daydreamingdisorder on August 13, 2011 at 7:39 PM 8081 Views

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply SiouxeFang
11:55 PM on July 2, 2014 
I consider myself to have MDD, and I'm extremely relieved to find similar stories and to hear that this is actually being recognized as a disorder.

Trying to justify to myself that my compulsive fantasizing-habit was normal, I suspected that everyone had some kind of secret day-dream life. I privately kept on the lookout for other people who acted similarly to the way that I do when I'm alone.

This reminds me so much of a similar video that I found, although it's an unfortunate one:

Its surveillance footage of a student, Elisa Lam, who was studying abroad by herself and her body was mysteriously found floating in a water tank on top of the roof of her hotel.

The video went viral maybe a little more than a year ago because the case left investigators mystified and they resulted to asking the public for any clues. There was no reason for anyone to murder Elisa, and there was no way of imagining how anyone could even get her body inside the water tank.

The only evidence of what Elisa did that night leading up to her murder was that she rode the hotel elevator, and it's apparent to me from the video that she was merely maladaptive dreaming and acting out a fantasy. But since the public knows nothing about MDD yet, people on Youtube and internet message boards go overboard with speculation: that she is hiding from someone that's been casing her, that someone else was operating the elevator doors, the hotel floor that she was staying at is haunted, that she must be tripping on drugs, etc.

Just wanted to share this story with the community to get some thoughts. Sadly, it doesn't shed any insight into solving Elisa Lam's murder, but it does illuminate how little we understand and recognize MDD.
Reply Chantelle
1:21 PM on April 16, 2014 
Reply Danielle
4:16 PM on March 18, 2014 
Thank you so much for helping sufferers be aware of this problem. I am 28 and i have had this as long as i can remember. I can spend hours daydreaming if i have the time and lately i have been putting off tasks and spending the time daydreaming instead. I have anxiety and mild depression also brought on from a break down i had last year after i went through 9 'major life stresses' i have been using my daydreaming as a way of relaxing i imagine that im a more confident successful version of myself in work. Like u i consider myself an intelligent person but i lack the drive to go and get things for myself, im not necessarily a lazy person i enjoy doing things for others helping them get things done. Iv never worried that im psytzophrenic but as iv got older especially this last year iv realised that it is a mental issue and it has impacted on my life and now i need to learn how to control it. Thank you
Reply Danny
9:47 PM on October 29, 2012 
When she was playing at 3:10 it was like i was watching myself when I was younger. Only difference now, I am 21 and I walk with music on to create the barrier from the outside world. I walk for hours. So hard to stop it after so many years.