DEAR DEIDRE: I ALWAYS assumed that everyone daydreamed. Surely other people imagine how they would like certain scenarios to play out?
I’m a woman of 28. As a child, I was always getting told off for not paying attention.
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I’d sit in class dreaming of travelling the world or what my future would be like.
My parents said I’d grow out of it but it seems I haven’t. I’m always creating scenarios in my head – whether I’m on my morning commute, lunch break or watching TV.
Sometimes, if I get really engrossed in it, I even start talking to myself and acting them out.
Last week my flatmate freaked out when she walked in on me doing this.
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She called me “nuts” and said I needed help.
Now I’m wondering if I need to talk to someone about it.
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DEIDRE SAYS: You’re right, we all daydream to some extent.
But some people suffer from a condition which is known as maladaptive daydreaming, where they will regularly experience intense and highly distracting thoughts.
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It would be best to talk to your GP, who will be able to decide if these are anything more than dreams.
They can also refer you to a counsellor, who will teach you ways to cope and improve your focus.
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