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I am suffering from poor concentration due to fantasy thinking. Please help me.

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Published At March 28, 2019
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Patient's 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 becoming common in people and while observing them I noticed that whenever I am in this situation my body is at rest while facial expression is changing according to what I am thinking. As I watched a lot of fantasies movies and seasons, my mind keeps stuck in these, thinking about different scenarios along with facial expression like smiling, anger, etc. It is kind of embarrassing when someone notices me. I would like to know what it is. People are saying it as daydreaming. My question is whether it is really daydreaming, or if not what it is? How can I overcome it?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 form of avoidance behavior. Distract yourself with some positive and productive strategies like focus on your career, practice your hobbies, make a day-to-day schedule, try to follow it, use some aversive stimulation to prevent yourself from going deep in imagination like pinching yourself hard on the hand.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Patidar
Dr. Vandana Patidar

Psychiatry

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