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