How to stop maladaptive daydreaming?

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It's robbed me of my time and life. It's a coping mechanism and i don't want to do it anymore. I'm 22 this year and I've been doing it for far too long. I can sit for hours several time a day just doing it.
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It's robbed me of my time and life. It's a coping mechanism and i don't want to do it anymore. I'm 22 this year and I've been doing it for far too long. I can sit for hours several time a day just doing it.
Maladaptive daydreaming is a behavioural addiction
Try not to give yourself 'time' too do it- distract yourself. Reward yourself when you don't. Set specific targets about stopping it. CBT might be good.
Do you have any other psychiatric conditions? Maladaptive daydream is yet to be fully understood, however, it is theorised that it maybe actually a symptom of conditions like OCD and ADHD opposed to a distinct condition.
Some medications normally used for OCD/ other behavioural addictions have shown great promise in treating it. In addition there is a really interesting new treatment for behavioural addictions called N-acetylcysteine (in very low dosages). Admittedly I have a family member who took it however it didn't work for him.
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