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The International Consortium for

Maladaptive Daydreaming Research

On this website you will find current scientific information on Maladaptive daydreaming (MD), including research reports, measures, collaborating scientists, media coverage and recent updates.

MD, or daydreaming disorder, is a psychological concept first introduced in 2002 to describe a time consuming absorption in fantasy that can create distress and/or interfer with social, academic, vocational or other important areas of functioning. 

Research findings show a relationship between MD and dissociative absorption, ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety. Evidence suggests MD could fit the description of a behavioral addiction.

Studies indicate that a subgroup of individuals with MD have been subjected to adverse childhood experiences such as emotional neglect or abuse, or social anxiety and isolation suggesting a potential emotional regulation role for MD.

There is still a lot to be learned about MD, a term that was virtually unknown until 2002. We strive to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between mental health professionals, researchers of consciousness and cognition and brain scientists worldwide for the advancement of the study of MD. We hope is that our work will help improve the recognition of this phenomenon among clinicians, so that effective help could be provided to the many who suffer from MD and are wishing for help.

Stay connected.

We invite you to join our mailing list and be informed of the latest news regarding MD.

Whether you would like to join our team, collaborate with us, take an interest in our research activities, offer your suggestion or ask any question, you are welcome to contact us.


For researchers

ICMDR has a researchers email group dedicated to fostering collaborations and peer consultation. If you are a student or a university scholar and you are interested in promoting maladaptive daydreaming research, please contact us with information about your research record and interests and we will gladly consider adding you to our group.

The ICMDR Team