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The International Consortium for
Maladaptive Daydreaming Research

Maladaptive Daydreaming Research by the ICMDR


The International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research (ICMDR) is an informal network of scientists interested in the study of maladaptive daydreaming. We come from different parts of the world to exchange knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting knowledge in the field. On the ICMDR website you can find scientific publications about maladaptive daydreaming, assessment instruments for MD, media and other information sources reporting MD. 

We hope you will benefit from your visit to our site.

The ICMDR team

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Our Publications page offers all the known scholarly publications and articles.

  • Listed are papers published in peer-reviewed journals

  • Book chapters and sections

  • Webinars and papers presented in conferences

  • Academic projects (theses and dissertations)

  • and non-peer-reviewed publications on MD

All of the publications are available in full-text for your personal use.


Those struggling with compulsive fantasy often wish to self-assess with a test for maladaptive daydreaming.

On our Measures page we present all the available assessment instruments, including:

  • The 16-item Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale (MDS-16) in dozens of languages

  • The Structured Clinical Interview for Maladaptive Daydreaming (SCIMD)

  • The Proposed Diagnostic Criteria Maladaptive Daydreaming

  • The Child Maladaptive Daydreaming Checklist (CMDC)

  • The Immersive Daydreaming Content Checklist (IDCC)

  • The Daydreaming Contents and Functions Checklist (DCFC)


The media have shown a keen interest in this emerging field. Click on the MD info page from the menu to enter the ICMDR maladaptive daydreaming info center. You may: 

An award-winning short documentary



Thomas Willem Renckens

Year: 2021   |   ENG   |   33 min   |   UK

What if you're addicted to your own fantasy? THE DAYDREAMERS explores Maladaptive Daydreaming, a psychological condition discovered by professor Eli Somer. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Somer on-camera, providing a moving testimony of their experience living life cut off from reality.

Open-call for researchers

ICMDR has a researchers email group dedicated to fostering collaborations and peer consultation. If 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. 

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