For two decades of Hannah Byford’s life, she kept a secret.

When things at home got too much to bear, she’d retreat to an imagined life, inside her head  an elaborate daydream.

As a child, Hannah would spend hours a day in these intricate dreams, building entire new worlds.

And by her early 20s, she was spending up to seven hours a day deep in her daydreams.

On All in the Mind this week, when daydreams turn dark and the unusual disorder that is ‘maladaptive daydreaming.’


Hannah Byford
Nurse, UCLA

Dr Nirit Soffer-Dudek
Clinical Psychologist; Senior Researcher, Ben-Gurion University, Israel


Sana Qadar


James Bullen


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