Daydreaming is when people detach attention and consciousness from the tasks at hand, allowing their thoughts to flow freely. It is a common phenomenon in everyday life of many people. During daydreaming, the person stares unfocused at a point or may also have rapid eye movements. Frequent, intrusive daydreams can disrupt efficient working.

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I feel depressed, and I took up daydreaming as an escape to cure loneliness, but now it has become intense. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I feel depressed, and during the lockdown, I took up daydreaming as an escape to cure loneliness. Now it has become intense and extreme. This maladaptive daydreaming is becoming a barrier to my academic skills. Please help.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Daydreaming is part of escaping from reality or stress in real life. You may have a major depressive disorder. It would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. You should do exercises daily for 30...  Read Full »

Please help me quit maladaptive daydreaming.

Query: Hello doctor,I am going through maladaptive daydreaming. I have been dealing with this for long. I tried several ways to quit but I cannot. I do not take any medication right now. Please help me quit this.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no medication for daydreaming. Learn to occupy yourself. Sleep well. Write down your thoughts. Note down how many episodes you have daily so you will be aware if there is a decrease in your episode. Read good books. Use your daydreaming to imagine useful a...  Read Full »

Please suggest a way to stop excessive daydreaming.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. I am daydreaming a lot. It seems to be an addiction. I do not know whether it is a problem or not. I am fantasizing about everything. I searched online about my problem and I cannot find any solution. I am trying to find my triggers but I am daydreaming everywhere. D...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes, we use daydreaming as an escape from reality. When we want to avoid the pain and hardship of the real world, our mind starts to get engaged in daydreaming. But it does not remain as a solution for our problems. In you, it has become a problem. I need some...  Read Full »

Why do I always procrastinate and daydream?

Query: Hi doctor, Basically, I am unable to do things I want. I just impulsively do things for instant gratification and have no perseverance. I have a severe chronic procrastination and maladaptive daydreaming. They are sought of related. My mind gets super stressed and while I am procrastinating the tas...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The procrastination and daydreaming is because you are preoccupied most of the time. Depression is a disabling illness and causes significant morbidity which goes unnoticed by the family most of the time. Do not feel guilty for the happenings, which is not under your cont...  Read Full »

An 8-year-old has nystagmus like eye movement while looking outside the car. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My 8-year-old son has nystagmus like eye movement only when he is in the car looking out the window and as soon as he looks at me, it stops.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, this is quite a common issue most children at his age develop. The eye uses several mechanisms which help to keep it steady and focused in on a target. Such mechanisms are inoperative when the person is just looking in a particular directio...  Read Full »

How to manage fantasizing leading to poor concentration?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old, and I am kind of facing the issue of fantasy in my head and mind deconcentration. Whenever I am busy or in social gathering most of the time I am fine. But when I am alone, walking alone and traveling alone, my mind goes into the fantasy. I kind of see this thing be...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you are suffering from excessive imagination or daydreaming, which is common in every individual. But some people do it more which becomes a kind of habit. Sometimes, we also use this kind of defense and imagination in order to avoid day-to-day stress. It becomes a...  Read Full »

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