Is There A Mental Disorder That Gives You An Over-Active Imagination And Makes It Hard To Concentrate?

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Samuel Chiltern Profile
Samuel Chiltern answered
The trickiest aspect of answering your question is establishing exactly what you mean by over-active imagination.

If you find that your condition is debilitating, and affects your life in a negative way, (for example, by making it hard to concentrate), then you might be suffering from Over-Active Imagination Disorder (OID).

Symptoms of Over-Active Imagination Disorder
OID is not formally recognised as a mental illness, and very little research appears to have been conducted in this area.

The best descriptions I have found for this condition are personal accounts written by sufferers themselves. Those who experience OID have talked about the difficulties they have concentrating, and how they can become sidetracked and completely lost in their digressions, even when attempting to complete routine tasks.

The distracting thoughts can also become quite disturbing. For example, it can be easy to develop a fear of public speaking, because you can imagine all the terrible things that might happen while doing so. Also, the things you imagine happening are probably much worse than the most likely outcome.

Living With Over-Active Imagination Disorder
As far as I'm aware, most sufferers manage to cope with this disorder. In fact, I'm not sure whether it necessarily is a disorder. I'd consider it a sign of high intelligence and creativity, as well as something that a person could harness and draw upon as inspiration for writing, music or art. I think it's far better to have an active imagination, than to have no imagination at all.

If you are finding certain symptoms difficult to live with, then you should definitely visit your doctor, who can refer you for psychiatric support. Some of the symptoms can be quite frightening, but they are just thoughts, and something that, with the right support, you can learn to live with.
Andrea Garland Profile
Andrea Garland answered
Or it could be ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It might be ADD if you have a hard time focusing one one thing at a time. The same goes for ADHD, but with the addition of hyperactivity, for example - always moving a part of your body.
Michael Poland Profile
Michael Poland answered

Sex addiction.

Anonymous Person Profile
I think you have an over-active imagination, not a mental illness - so don't worry. Talking out loud to any voices that you get in your head, though, is a sign that someone might have schizophrenia, although not everyone who talks to themselves is schizophrenic.

You need to just relax and take it easy, and stop worrying.
AD hen Profile
AD hen answered
I'm so glad to see that you asked this - because I am the same.

I figured I was crazy too, but really it's just an over-active imagination. Just like the other answerer said, don't worry.

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