liveinafantasy wrote:Hi, I'm female and I guess I'm just trying to figure out why I can't stop living in a fantasy world, at the moment. You see, I have this "certain world" that I keep going back to in my head, and if I can't live there, then life isn't worth living. It's not even like I can make this world a reality either, I can't even write about it...it's that "magical". I make up all my characters in my head, and I'm usually the main character, but I don't do much. Sometimes (in real life), I'll be doing really simple tasks during the day and I'll just start thinking about this world so much, that I cant stand it. I'll either start to cry, or I'll start to literally believe that things in this world are flat and fake. I have a lot of derealization and depersonalization issues in general, so that may be part of it. Anyways this world basically consists of: me being in college (Or just being on my own, but not doing anything), being in the 80's, being in the season of Autmn ALL the time, and having mental-health problems but being able to get on in with life as normal even with them. Also, in this world I'll have a lot of friends and can get lonely. But even when I'm sad, I'm happy. It's weird. Does this sound ANYTHING like SPD? Sorry if I sound crazy, it's DRIVING me crazy!
Please, someone answer this!
Thanks in advance.
well, you should probably go and read the symptoms for schizoid personality disorder, and see if that matches you well. i think the whole fantasy thing is just a symptom, rather than a disorder or whatever. i do something similar to what you're describing too... but i'm sure there are more people who do it than just schizoids.
loonybean wrote:The entire reason I came to this site was to figure out what my fantasies were all about. To be honest, I thought they were the disorder, but now I know they are only a symptom of that disorder. I'll say right up front that I'm a self diagnosed schizoid, but I didn't come to that conclusion because of the fantasies. Everything else just seemed to fit.
You need to make sure that you are displaying the vast majority of symptoms related to this order before you can label yourself as something and even then you may not be right. Self diagnosis is a crapshoot on the best of days.
As far as the actual fantasies, mine started when I was very very young and have pretty much taken over my life. I'm completely functional, hold down a full time job, have a social life (with a whopping two people lol), but almost all my time spent alone is dedicated to fantasies or influencing fantasies by watching TV/movies, listening to music and reading books.
I believe avoidants also have fantasies.
Mango wrote:I would also like to add that there is also a condition called maladaptive daydreaming that can often occur in people with AvPD (as it has with me).
It's severe daydreaming that occupies the majority of your life, elaborate imaginary worlds, lives & scenarios played out mentally & very commanly physically as well.
It is only just gaining attention & getting researched by the medical community.