If you guys think this is a lot of people to have Maladaptive daydreaming, you should go to the Wild Minds Network, they have about 3000 members who have MD. Its like a giant forum just to talk about the condition.
In my case, ive had it for as long as I can remember. My trigger is music. I basically pace around and imagine a celebrity or person I think is cool (basically someone I want to impress) in the room and they watch me as I be awesome; much awesomer than I am in real life. I put myself in situations where I can show off how perfect and interesting and beautiful I am. I can sing, play instruments, im funny, crazy, wild, hot (all the things I wish I was in real life basically)...and the celebs or whoever it is at the time are usually sitting in a corner just watching, all impressed lol. I don't actually interact with them, although sometimes I do, but they are mostly just listening and watching me while im talking or doing something with someone else (this person whom im doing things with is not usually specified). Or a big one for me is imagining im on a tv show, or im about to be interviewed and they do an extensive introduction of me before I come out on stage, while the other guest stars are amazed that they have never heard of me before. lol (i cant believe im admitting all of this). Still other times I imagine im in a montage of stuff that my friends have filmed me doing, and sometimes I'm in slow mo and stuff like that. lol When i watch youtube and someone makes a funny joke, ill pause it, pretend im my character and repeat the exact same joke and get a laugh from my celeb fixation, or if I disagree with something the youtuber said I imagine they are with me and argue with them about it lmao. Other times it could be them watching me be a really good guitar player, or singer, or bikini model, or dancer, or comedian, or being really good at a certain sport. Or sometimes ill know a language 'secretly' and when I bust it out everyone is impressed. Or ill picture im back in time with elvis Presley or marlin monroe and act out how everything has changed in the future. Also, if im mad at someone in real life my daydreams will involve me saying the comeback I wish I did or yelling at them. Or if im pissed in general ill practice speeches and rants and say them over and over till iv perfected them and there is enough emotional impact in them for me to be 'relieved'. Then of course there are the sexual day dreams...which are probably even more common for people to have.
Sometimes if I go a couple days without daydreaming, it makes it all the more fulfilling when I finally get to do it. It really is like a high and I even experience withdrawal if I don't do it. A lot of times ill turn off all the lights (I even considered buying one of those disco ball things that light up and spin, just to enhance my experience) I guess because my mind is more stimulated when there is less external stimuli. Sometimes they are planned and some of them are just happening as I move about my daily life. Like if i'm at walmart ill pretend im super cool wearing really out there clothes and being loud and funny and everyone is noticing me; when in real life im alone, wearing a hoodie and listening to headphones hoping to avoid crowds of people. lol And at an even deeper level, my actual thoughts start off normal, and then I feel this strong urge to 'act them out'. In other words I will move my mouth and hands (if im alone obviously) as if im actually talking to someone (not anyone specifically, its more like the feeling of a presence of someone there).
But all the entertaining stuff aside, I don't think people really realize just how maladaptive this daydreaming can be. It almost always occurs in conjunction with other mental disorders. It is a distraction. Is it fulfilling a need that ought to filled with real life people and real experiences. And what are you supposed to do if you have a spouse or roommate? Just because it doesn't hurt anyone doesn't mean that it isn't an addiction. It is another way of escaping reality just like drugs/porn/tv etc. You could end up ignoring your real life. If you think about, the reason we daydream is because we feel the extreme need to be noticed, loved, accepted and approved of.
It's just a ride... - Bill Hicks