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Old 05-27-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Double Life

I came here because I feel like I can't talk to anyone.
It's hard to explain, but I feel like I'm living two lives, one in reality and one a fantasy world that switches itself on when i have no control over it. I've always just thought it was normal and, like my parents, just pinned it down as an over-active imagination. But it's been gradually getting worse over the years, but i only really noticed it when i started having a conversation with someone who wasn't there and then giving him something, not realising that my friend was in the room. I know the difference between fantasy and reality. but i can't help myself slipping into this other world- Where everything is so much nicer. It probably is just my imagination but I'm fed up with always relying on something which isn't real just because I'm so fed up with my own life. I've never told anyone about this before, and i try my best to hide it. Although i always assumed that everyone else was exactly the same. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice about this sort of thing. It's taking over my life.

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: Double Life

Hello glass house,
Sometimes we may have an active imagination, but sometimes the other one is trying to tell us something. This could be the reason why, we are so fed up with my own life. If it is something that you feel is consuming you, then you might want to seek assistance.

Old 05-29-2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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Re: Double Life

It might be Fantasy Prone Personality or "Walter Mitty Syndrome".

Highly creative individuals can get "addicted" to their fantasy life. Behavioral therapy can help with fantasy dependence.

Fantasy is one of several basic coping mechanisms; projection, splitting, acting out, turning aggression inward, hypochondriasis and fantasy. We all use these coping mechanisms from time to time. In personality disorder, these behaviors become fixed, rigid and maladaptive - they just don't work anymore.

PS: fantasy proneness is sometimes associated with dissociative symptoms like depersonalization and/or derealization. Also migraine and temporal lobe epilepsy.

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