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Excessive daydreaming: A case history and discussion of mind wandering and high fantasy proneness

Excessive daydreaming: A case history and discussion of mind wandering and high fantasy proneness

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Published by AbnerRavenwood
Cynthia Schupak, Jesse Rosenthal

Consciousness and Cognition
doi:10.1016/j.concog.2008.10.002

This case study describes a patient presenting with a long history of excessive daydreaming which has caused her distress but is not incident to any other apparent clinical psychiatric disorders. We have treated this patient for over 10 years, and she has responded favorably to fluvoxamine therapy, stating that it helps to control her daydreaming. Our patient, and other psychotherpists, have brought to our attention other possible cases of excessive daydreaming. We examine the available literature regarding daydreaming, mind wandering, and fantasy proneness relative to current cognitive and neuroanatomical models of executive attention.
Cynthia Schupak, Jesse Rosenthal

Consciousness and Cognition
doi:10.1016/j.concog.2008.10.002

This case study describes a patient presenting with a long history of excessive daydreaming which has caused her distress but is not incident to any other apparent clinical psychiatric disorders. We have treated this patient for over 10 years, and she has responded favorably to fluvoxamine therapy, stating that it helps to control her daydreaming. Our patient, and other psychotherpists, have brought to our attention other possible cases of excessive daydreaming. We examine the available literature regarding daydreaming, mind wandering, and fantasy proneness relative to current cognitive and neuroanatomical models of executive attention.

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Chris Whit added this note
yeah I've had this problem since I was a kid...my parents think I might have attention deficit disorder...but I don't really know...its hard to focus at times...my mind is just into this fantasy world instead of reality...Im not sure if you all do this but I get a lil delusional...for example there would be this guy walking towards me and he gives me a weird look but all of a sudden my mind create
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learner. In many dreams I am not "playing" myself. I may play someone else or be part of their consciousness. My dreams (both day and night) are pictures without sound. Except one which was sound without picture. Often when I am in a day dream I lose connection with reality and am 100% in the dream. Though when I snap out I am aware it was a dream.
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I am a daydreamer. I have been since I was a child. Growing up I would lose myself to dreams in class all the time only to catch myself at some point and try to focus my attention again. Around eleven I started doodling in class, which eventually turned into full length drawings. These drawings kept my creative mind busy so that I wasn't day dreaming and eventually taught myself to be an auditory
challiskiD added this note
sounds exactly like me. i can't have some free time w/out acting out a fake scenario, and the weird thing is i usually use a fake accent, and my character is usually in danger, i know, it sounds childish..i'm 19, i'm embarrassed when someone walks into my room, just in time to catch me talking to myself in a brittish accent. i would love to participate, or be some test subject for further research
Sorin Constantinescu added this note
I have this issue all the time , at work , at home , when i try ti sleep( sometimes i fell a sleep hard because constantly imaginating stuf and scenarios , and i can only go to sleep if i combine a lot of thoughts and vizuals in my mind and i get tired), i make a lot of scenarios with endings , or others fade away in the middle when i stop myself, the scenarios are all tipes good/bad
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