Maladaptive Daydreaming: Why Did My Excessive Daydreaming Stop Abruptly?

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Why Did My Excessive Daydreaming Stop Abruptly? maladaptive daydreaming: why did my excessive daydreaming stop abruptly?

I’ve encountered this question on forums where someone mentions that their daydreaming suddenly stopped, and they yearn for its return. Their life has taken a negative turn, and they long for the resumption of their daydreaming habits. On the flip side, there are those who assert that their lives have improved since they ceased daydreaming, prompting them to question why this change has occurred. These scenarios can be divided into two distinct stances: those who have worked on themselves and still experienced increased stress leading to a cessation of daydreaming, and those who found life improvements after stopping daydreaming. It’s important to note that these situations are not uniform, and the possibilities are not confined to a single outcome.

Scenario 1: Increased Stress Levels

For some, the sudden cessation of daydreaming coincides with an escalation in stress levels. Initially, daydreaming may serve as a coping mechanism to deal with life’s daily tribulations. However, as the stressors continue to mount, the efficacy of this coping mechanism diminishes. It’s similar to a painkiller that loses its effectiveness over time.

When daydreaming no longer provides relief from escalating stress, the mind intervenes and shuts down this coping mechanism, signaling that it’s time to explore alternative methods of dealing with stress and emotions. In such instances, individuals may yearn for the return of their daydreams, but find that their minds have moved on to different coping mechanisms.

Another aspect is instead of relying on the coping mechanism they once found solace in, which was daydreaming, individuals may discover that their minds have recognized more effective ways of managing their emotions and traumas. In such instances, an alternative coping mechanism often comes into play, a phenomenon known as cross-addiction.

This means that someone who previously sought refuge in daydreams may transition to other forms of addiction, such as substance abuse, excessive gaming, or overindulgence in social media. The mind, recognizing the potency of this new coping mechanism, steers individuals towards it. Consequently, the compulsion to excessively daydream diminishes, as the mind compels them towards this alternative mechanism that offers temporary respite from their emotional struggles.

Scenario 2: A Positive Transformation

On the flip side, there’s another scenario where daydreaming wanes because individuals have proactively worked on reducing stress and improving their real lives. Through introspection, therapy, meditation, or other self-improvement practices, they have taken steps to enhance their mental well-being and quality of life. Consequently, their real-life circumstances improve, and the need for daydreaming as an escape diminishes. When their real-world relationships and mental health are on a positive trajectory, daydreaming naturally recedes into the background.


In essence, the reasons behind the abrupt end of excessive daydreaming are not one-size-fits-all, but rather a complex interplay of individual circumstances and coping mechanisms. It’s crucial to prioritize working on one’s real-life challenges and emotional well-being to strike a balance between the realms of imagination and reality. While daydreaming can be a captivating escape, a fulfilling life lies in harnessing the power of both worlds harmoniously. So, whether your daydreams have taken a hiatus or you’re seeking to regain control over them, remember that the path of self-improvement and self-discovery can lead to a more balanced and enriching existence.

Note from the Author

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I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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