Is this a mental disorder?

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FullMoon

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Hello Guys,
Let me introduce myself. I am 21 years old male student of computer science and I really love everything about technology. I would like to share here my problem and receive some guidance and help about it.

Since I was a children I have a fertile imagination. I have a strong ability to elaborate full situations in my mind. I could see myself inside of super hero movies or any tv series from television. Some years after and I still with the same "powerful imagination", but now the characters are people from my university/family etc...
I just can define myself like an addicted to imagination. I spend the whole day at my bedroom thinking about different moments and me dealing with it.

If I listen a song I see myself like a singer and a create a full world about it. If I have a test next week I start to imagine all the days until there. I usually go to the bed at midnight but I just start to sleep after 2 or 3 hours because of this. Sometimes I imagine some sad situation and I cry or If is something that I dont like I feel angry.

I really want to stop this because I'm turning myself in an antisocial person. I barely go outside with my friends. I prefer to stay at home just creating fictional situations with myself. From the moment that I wake up until I sleep I'm always thinking about something. I think I barely alive my real-life.
 
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I realized that this topic is in the wrong place. I will be glad if an adm/mod delete this.
 
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Hi and :welcome:

I'm not sure what you mean about your post being in the wrong place, but if you still want your post deleted you can PM and admin (name in black) or press the "report post" function.

I'm not sure if what you describe is a mental disorder or not, but what is clear is that it is causing you distress and you'd like to be able to reduce the behaviours, so that is something a therapist might be able to help you with. There's nothing wrong with having a fertile imagination imo, but as you say it's affecting your ability to participate in the real world.

A therapist might be able to help you to reduce behaviours and also get to the root of what is preventing you having real life adventures - for some people it can be anxiety, feelings of low self-worth etc

I had a very powerful imagination as a child, and for me it was an escape from the unpleasant life I was in where I felt powerless to change my situation, whereas in my fantasy world I was loved, important, had friends, an exciting life etc.

Have you tried harnessing your imagination into creative pursuits - writing fiction for instance? It might be a way to turn it to your advantage. Personally I would beware medications to dampen down imagination but that's just me.
 

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