- This excessive daydreaming often begins in childhood.
- Daydreaming excessively in a way that is often compared to an addiction.
- Books, movies, music, video games, and other media may be a daydreaming trigger.
- The daydreaming itself is often detailed and elaborate, sometimes compared to a movie or novel.
- Repetitive movements while daydreaming are common (but not always present in sufferers) - pacing, rocking, spinning, shaking something in their hand, etc.
- Some people will lie in bed for hours daydreaming, and may either have difficulty going to sleep because of this, or have difficulty getting out of bed once awake. They may also neglect basic functions such as regular meals, etc. because of excessive daydreaming.
- They may sometimes talk, laugh, cry, gesture, or make facial expressions as they daydream. People suffering from this know the difference between daydreaming and reality, and do not confuse the two; this makes them distinctly different from psychotics or schizophrenics.
- Daydreaming causes difficulties in their lives, or prevents them from fully functioning in their day-to-day life.