“Maladaptive Daydreaming vs. ADHD: Important Similarities and Distinctive Differences” [Video Replay & Podcast #412]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#412), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on July 20, 2022.

Episode Description

Maladaptive daydreaming, sometimes called daydreaming disorder, describes the experience of becoming immersed in elaborate fantasies that lure an individual away from their day-to-day responsibilities for hours at a time. The daydreaming is so vivid and interesting that it becomes addictive. Often, real-life relationships and obligations are neglected as a result.

Maladaptive daydreaming is different from the mind-wandering typically experienced by people with ADHD, and it is rapidly gaining recognition in the scientific arena. Maladaptive dreaming is not yet a psychiatric diagnosis.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How maladaptive daydreaming is defined and experienced
  • About the link between maladaptive daydreaming and ADHD
  • About the differences between maladaptive daydreaming and ADHD and mind-wandering
  • How mental health clinicians can assess maladaptive daydreaming and treatment implications

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on July 20, 2022, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speaker

Nirit Soffer-Dudek, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and head of the clinical psychology track at the Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She also is director of The Consciousness and Psychopathology Laboratory, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and scientific director of The International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research.

Listener Testimonials

“I have every reason to believe that this topic area will gain traction and interest!”

“This was a very thought-provoking, wonderful presentation. It’s helpful for me in providing care to my patients.”

“I was completely unfamiliar with maladaptive daydreaming, so thank you for this introduction.”

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