About me (non-essential; you can skip this)
I'll be 90-day gaming-free next tuesday! :) Well, I do allow myself a gaming session on sunday afternoons now and then, because it's a way for me to reconnect with friends and have some form of social life during the pandemic. I'm happy to report that it's not problematic at all, and I don't have cravings during other times. Small nudges now and then, but they are very, very easily dismissed. Good! But something else is not good...
Escapism, daydreaming and MDD
Gaming = escapism, at least to some extent. So is daydreaming. I've always daydreamed quite a bit, but recently it has increased a lot. Like, from 15% of the time previously, to 45% now. Or at least it feels that way. This is a lot and it surely is interfering with my work and capabilities to get chores done. This condition seems to be 'known' (but not officially recognized; just google it, you will find lots of info) as maladaptive daydreaming disorder (MDD). It's been associated with other dissociative disorders, although I'm pretty sure I don't have any of those.
There is one confounder: the social isolation and lack of external validation for work, due to the pandemic. For sure this would stimulate daydreaming. So I'm not sure this can be entirely or even partially be attributable to quitting gaming, although it does make sense that quitting one form of escapism would create a need for developing/strengthening another one. This begs the question:
Have any of you game quitters experienced increases in daydreaming or similar 'escapist' behaviour?
I suppose other addictions (because basically, MDD is an addiction to thinking/dreaming) like alcoholism would also count, though I'm particularly interested in hearing about MDD for obvious personal reasons.