What is Maladaptive Daydreaming?
An autism diagnoses often comes with other diagnosis (called co-morbidity) these "others" could be ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Gastrointestinal issues and more. A new comorbidity issue may be Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder (MDD).
MDD was first coined around 2011 and is not yet on the DSM-V list (which means medically, it doesn't exist) but many people are coming forward saying they are having trouble coming out of their daydreams. To the point where it impacts their daily life. We all daydream but most of us can control it to an appropriate time and place. People who suffer from MDD can not. They may daydream on a bus and miss their stop, daydream during class and miss the lesson, daydream at home and not interact with others. The daydreams are so powerful that they may talk to themselves without realizing it or change their facial expression in front of others (which can be socially odd for on-lookers).
MDD seems to stem from anxiety, depression and loneliness...which are also symptoms experienced by those on the spectrum (and lets face it, those living through 2020!). We will keep a close eye on MDD research as scientist and doctors understand more about what MDD diagnosis and treatment could mean for those on the spectrum.