An innovative intervention program for maladaptive daydreamers may improve prognoses and treatments

New research from the University of Haifa suggests that an innovative eight-week intervention program combining mindfulness techniques, self-monitoring, and motivation exercises could help people suffering from maladaptive dreaming. Maladaptive daydreaming, first coined by Prof. Eli Somer (School of Social Work) in 2002, is a compulsive condition which has been found to impair social, family, and employment functions affecting approximately 2% of the population. “Since maladaptive daydreaming has not yet been officially recognized as a mental health condition, physicians and therapists are often unaware of it, leaving sufferers without an accurate diagnosis and treatment,” explains Prof. Somer. “We hope that the promising study results will raise awareness of this phenomenon among professionals and lead to more appropriate treatment.” The findings of the study were published by the American Psychological Association in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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