Maladaptive Daydreaming- Animals

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Hey fellow dreamers. This week we are going to talk about what part animals play in our daydreams and fantasies. Do you include animals in your dreams? Based on a forum discussion It seems that people who have long running daydreams often include the animals and pets they have in real life. But those who have episodic (thanks to mymendingwall for teaching me that word) daydreams, animals are often missing.

I think this may have to do with what your dreams focus on. I have lots of animals in my life but almost never in my daydreams. But my daydreams focus mostly on human relationships, dialog, and personal interaction. I have made an effort to include a dog, it was effective some what. The dog was included but kept disappearing, I would have to consciously think about including him to get him to reappear. Strange. But almost everything about my MD is strange.

Now horses are easy to include. But they show up as background more then as pets. At least for me. Now there have been times where scary animals have been included. For the fear factor.

Animals in night dreams can have meanings quite different from what the animal really stands for. But in daydreams they seem to be just what they are. For example in a night dream seeing a dog may represent loyalty, where as a dog in your daydream is just, your dog.

Night dream animals

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamthemes/animals.htm

Animals

To see animals in your dream represent your own physical characteristic, primitive desires, and sexual nature, depending on the qualities of the particular animal. Animals symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself. Thus, to dream that you are fighting with an animal signifies a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious. Refer to the specific animal in your dream. To dream that animals can talk represent superior knowledge. Its message is often some form of wisdom.  Alternatively, a talking animal denotes your potential to be all that you can be.  To dream that you are saving the life of an animal, suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal.  The dream may also stem from feelings of inadequacy or being overwhelmed. If you are setting an animal free, then it indicates an expression and release of your own primal desires. To see lab animals in your dream suggest that an aspect of yourself is being repressed. You feel that you are not able to fully express your desires and emotions. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to experiment with your fears, choices, and beliefs. Try not to limit yourself.

Maladaptive Daydreaming- Let’s talk

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Hey guys, I don’t have a topic for this week. Couldn’t think of anything. My mind has been allover the place and it has been really hard to concentrate. So I thought we would just talk. Talk about how we’re doing, and what’s going on around us. To remind ourselves that we are not alone. We are in this together.

I forgot to mention on last week’s show that about the new study on maladaptive daydreaming. They are in data collection mode now. I had posted a link to the survey before. They need as many responders as possible. I’ll repost the link at the bottom of this post. It is encouraging to see a new study started. The more they learn about it the better they will be at helping us live with this.

I’ve been to the councilor twice. It is going well. He is very open to my MD problems. He has been focusing on the content of the daydreams to try to understand why they are depressing and cause me destress. I think it is just subconcious fears coming out in story lines. Much like night dreams but more clear. But I’m more concerned with just stopping them then what they are saying. But we’ll see how it goes.

So in this week’s show we will have a nice heart to heart talk about MD.

Study information

Researchers from Fordham University (Jayne Bigelsen, Jonathan Lehrfeld) and the University of Haifa (Eli Somer, who coined the term Maladaptive Daydreaming (MD)) have joined forces to launch a new study on MD. We are now ready to begin data collection!

This will be the largest study on MD to date. Our goals include creating a screening tool to identify MD and more fully understanding how it differs from more typical daydreaming. We will also be comparing and contrasting it to other mental health issues. The ultimate goals are to raise awareness by mental health providers of MD and generate future study, which can hopefully lead to eventual treatment.

But we need your help!!! First and foremost, please complete the following survey (link below). We expect that it will take between 30 and 60 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/daydreaming

But as importantly, we need your help in recruiting control participants WHO DO NOT HAVE MD. (This is going to be difficult to do as people without MD will be less motivated to fill out a lengthy survey on a topic not relevant to them, and at the moment we do not yet have any funding to pay them to fill it out)…So for those of you who have told friends and family about MD (and I know many people have not), please ask as many of them as possible to fill it out.

Thank you!

Jayne Bigelsen

What is their reality?

What is their reality?

A little off topic in a way. I was looking thru the latest “W” magazine, I do this for research on trends and such for work. And I was overwhelmed at the utter lack of reality. As someone with Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder I have my own issues with reality but it seems this delusion IS their reality. Looking at the super thin models striking strange poses in bizarre outfits that you most likely couldn’t walk in, and the photos of the designers hanging out with celebrities at parties. I wonder, is this the whole of their world? Is this what they see as reality? I ponder, if there was a natural disaster, and there was no one to fix their hair, bring them their bottled water and snacks. Could they even begin to survive? I think my dream world is probably more real then their reality.
In my dreams I have gathered wild plants for food, hunted, roasted meat over an open fire. Made clothes from animal skins and learn to build a fire. To dream of worlds were survival is hard and to visualize yourself concurring it, I think makes you stronger inside. So when my reality crashes in on me, I am in a much easier environment, with running water and refrigerators. I think I would fare far better in a crisis then those who live in a high fashion world and couldn’t find the milk isle in a Walmart.

No offense to anyone who lives in that world. 😉

Maladaptive Daydreaming- Nutrition and your brain

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Does our diet affect our mental health? Can we reduce our maladaptive daydreaming with the proper nutrition? Dietary deficiencies can cause many cognitive problems. An article I found lists some common vitamins and minerals along with some serious mental problems their deficiencies can cause.

Nutritional inadequacy is commonly linked to psychological irregularity. Substances in the brain (known as neurotransmitters) control proper brain function. Nutrients play a large role in controlling mental problems. Emotional distress may be a function of an inadequate supply of a certain vitamin or mineral. Below is a list of common nutrient deficiencies and related mental symptoms adapted from Ojeda, 1995:

  • Vitamin B-1 (thiamin): Loss of appetite, depression, irritability, memory loss, sensitivity to noise, inability to concentrate, fatigue, reduced attention span
  • Vitamin B-3 (niacin): Insomnia, nervousness, irritability, confusion, depression, hallucination, loss of memory
  • Vitamin B-6: Anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia
  • Vitamin B-12 (cobalamine): Difficulty concentrating and remembering, depression, severe agitation, hallucinations, manic behavior
  • Folic Acid: Irritability, weakness, apathy, hostility, anemia
  • Vitamin C: Increased stress, fatigue
  • Vitamin E: Depression, lethargy
  • Potassium: Nervousness, irritability, mental disorientation
  • Magnesium: Paranoid psychosis
  • Calcium: Anxiety, neurosis, fatigue, insomnia, tension
  • Zinc: Anemia, poor mental function
  • Iron: Depression, lethargy, poor concentration, irritability, decreased attention span
  • Essential Fatty Acids: Anxiety, irritability, insomnia

I have tried taking many supplements but without much success yet. As for diet, I think most of us know how we should be eating. You know, natural foods, less processed, fewer grains and carbs, more green vegetables. But knowing and doing is not the same thing. It is HARD to eat right. I hate green vegetables. In today’s fast pasted life we want fast, and easy. We are addicted to sugar and processed carbs. The modern lifestyle may have contributed to the increase in mental health problems over the years. It would be easier if we got an immediate payoff to our efforts. Like if I eat a plate of spinach then my MD would reduce or I’d drop a few pounds. But it takes time for our bodies to repair the damage we have spent years creating. And it often takes a long time of being good to start to feel the results. Unfortunately I often give up before seeing the payoff.

Cognitive Symptoms of Menopause(source of list above)

http://www.redhotmamas.org/component/content/article/39-volume9/294-cognitive-symptoms-menopause

Low fat diet missing essential brain nutrients and leads to cognitive decline

http://www.naturalnews.com/031504_low-fat_diet_brain_function.html#ixzz2KnrJtKAO

New Science-Based Cookbook Aims to Improve Brain Health

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/health/new-science-based-cookbook-aims-to-improve-brain-health-309279.html

Nutrition: Brainpower Tied to Omega-3 Levels

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/health/research/omega-3-fatty-acid-levels-linked-to-brain-performance.html?_r=0

Brain Boosters: Cognitive Function Foods

http://bitesizewellness.com/2012/04/brain-boosters-cognitive-function-foods/

NEW STUDY ON MALADAPTIVE DAYDREAMING

Researchers from Fordham University (Jayne Bigelsen, Jonathan
Lehrfeld) and the University of Haifa (Eli Somer, who coined the term
Maladaptive Daydreaming (MD)) have joined forces to launch a new study on MD. 
We are now ready to begin data collection!

This will be the largest study on MD to date. Our goals include
creating a screening tool to identify MD and more fully understanding
how it differs from more typical daydreaming. We will also be
comparing and contrasting it to other mental health issues. The ultimate goals
are to raise awareness by mental health providers of MD and generate future
study, which can hopefully lead to eventual treatment.

But we need your help!!! First and foremost, please complete the
following survey (link below). We expect that it will take between 30
and 60 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/daydreaming

But as importantly, we need your help in recruiting control
participants WHO DO NOT HAVE MD. (This is going to be difficult to do
as people without MD will be less motivated to fill out a lengthy
survey on a topic not relevant to them, and at the moment we do not
yet have any funding to pay them to fill it out)…So for those of you
who have told friends and family about MD (and I know many people
have not), please ask as many of them as possible to fill it out.

Thank you!

Jayne Bigelsen
bigelsenmdstudy@…
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/daydreaming
(if the link doesnt work, you can cut and paste to address bar or email me)

Maladaptive Daydreaming- Daydream therapists

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Anyone else dreaming up their own therapist? If so does it offer you insight to your issues or just rehash the same old things?

I have noticed that some of my DDs involve me going to see a therapist as part of the story line. I do or say something that gets me ordered to go to “medical” for an evaluation lol. But I think the discussion that follows seems to help me in my real life coping.

In one story, I am working as a time agent, secret group that time travels to document historic events. The controller of our group asks me out. I go and we seem to have a good time. During the date we discuss the upcoming  mission to Scotland. Having a little too much to drink I share too much info about my wanting to live in the past, to find someone there and start a new life. The next day I go in to work to find the controller has pulled my certification and suspended me until I undergo a psychic exam to ensure I’m not going to go awol on the mission. I feel betrayed. But the mandatory doc visit brings out a dialog that is much like what I would like to say to a real therapist. If I could find one who would take me seriously.

Other story lines start with me awol and I’m tracked down, captured, sedated, and strapped to a bed in a mental ward. Then go through the doctor dialog following that. Sometimes it’s after a traumatic event, grief counseling etc.

I guess my mind is screaming to me to see a therapist. Lol.

The problem being that your dream therapist can’t tell you anything YOU don’t already know. Seeing that he/she is part of your imagination. But a new concept in therapy involves the virtual world. This maybe just what the introvert needs. Logging into a recorded session with an avatar or skyping a real therapist. These could be good ways to reach people who feel uncomfortable going to a therapist.

Virtual Therapists: The Avatar Will See You Now

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-12/avatar-will-see-you-now

Could a virtual therapist improve YOUR life?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2066902/Could-virtual-therapist-improve-YOUR-life.html#axzz2K2I2kYja

Skype Away: Online Therapy is Still Exciting!

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/09/24/skype-away-online-therapy-is-still-exciting/

Virtual reality treatment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ppm2lhpkXs

Big Bang Theory- Sheldon the therapist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV6DpJKW6a0