5 Signs of Maladaptive Daydreaming

Maladaptive Dreaming (MD) is a psychiatric condition that causes intense daydreaming and fantasizing that distracts a person from their real life. Maladaptive daydreaming disturbs everyday functioning, which includes academics, work, and other regular activities. Do you find yourself emersed in daydreams? Daydreaming can be harmless, creative, and fun, but excessive daydreaming can negatively interfere with your goals and daily tasks in your life.

In our previous video, we talked about Maladaptive Daydreaming and what it is. You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/VxVOuCg-NG0

Disclaimer: This video is made for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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