Excessive daydreaming: a case history and discussion of mind wandering and high fantasy proneness

Conscious Cogn. 2009 Mar;18(1):290-2. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2008.10.002. Epub 2008 Dec 4.


This case study describes a patient presenting with a long history of excessive daydreaming which has caused her distress but is not incident to any other apparent clinical psychiatric disorders. We have treated this patient for over 10 years, and she has responded favorably to fluvoxamine therapy, stating that it helps to control her daydreaming. Our patient, and other psychotherpists, have brought to our attention other possible cases of excessive daydreaming. We examine the available literature regarding daydreaming, mind wandering, and fantasy proneness relative to current cognitive and neuroanatomical models of executive attention.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Cognition*
  • Depression / psychology
  • Depression / therapy
  • Fantasy*
  • Female
  • Humans