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    Are games good for depression?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/25671185

    These last two months, I have been off work with anxiety and depression..so, I gamed myself to death and it really helped me...the different story's, engagement, chattin to people whilst playin...its hard to explain...what are your thoughts?

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    I feel it does, it helps me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by berts08 View Post
    I feel it does, it helps me.
    In what way berts?

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    Imo no.
    It just pushes your problems further and further to the next day and the next and the next...
    You will have to face the conseqences - one day.

    Doesn't mean im better then that or anything, heck i do it too sometimes ("Ah hell i'll take care of it tomorrow") but like i said, if you truely think it helps you "to get out of it" you are probably just lying to yourself.

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    I will say I was given medication, but the therapeutic side of gaming certainly 'freed my mind' of intense work pressures....like I say, its difficult to explain. I am a nurse so I understand the various aspects of depression and it's effects...

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    I had depression at a young age and I used to play mmorpgs quite a lot, I guess in a way it was a method of hiding away because I wasn't judged by my personal appearance, just how i looked on the game. I'd say it helped me escape from my daily problems but I don't know if it helped me get over it.




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    I lived with depression for 20 years and have lived in a world of anxiety and worry for 10. It's cleared me the $#@! out and left a whole lot of damage and scars which I'm only now starting to deal with. Gaming was a huge escape for me and allowed me to forget the world and all the things that caused me to worry and feel these feelings of fear but I'm not sure if it's anything more than a means of escapism...which of course in itself is a help to depression but not really a source of resolution--at least not in my case.

    Still, I believe there are no answers in the digital world. it was only when i started to write about DUST 514 for PSU that I started to have small successes. it snowballed and 10 months later I was eating a yummy meal with CCP execs in an Iceland restaurant. That whole experience revealed what had been hidden from me for 2 decades; I'm $#@!ing really smart and have a whole bunch of abilities to accomplish whatever I want. I don't think I would have ever have achieved that in a videogame.

    When you're depressed you don't want to interact with your world so you become blind to your power to interact and really make a change in it. I was a ghost in life for the most part, I was here but I wasn't--I was in my own little isolated prison of darkness and pain. Start changing the world around you and you start to see that the prison you're in is self imposed and you'll see you have the ability to do things in the world. These things empower you and give you motivation to further explore your potential and as you do this the things that held you back lose their power.

    But yeah, games can help, give you a haven but it's only when you start to interact with the real world that you start to see changes. You can't discover your inner power in a game.

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    Both, IMO. Has been more than not in my case, as far as I know. No way to know now is there.

    A little escapism can be good for you, and anything that makes you happy, is generally healthy.

    Not all forms of gaming is escapism, though. Online gaming for instance.

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    I ain't sayin gaming is the healer, but for me, the pressure of my work environment, the gamin really helped ease my mind...as for the outside world...personally, I wiah people would talk more n show a bit of love...I have seen nothing but horribleness and violence (in work) and a lack of niceness out of it...makes me want to keep myself to myself. The world is a $#@!in horrible place nowadays...

    Edit: ffs!! I just read back what typed and saw I put ' the gamin' haha...37 n showing my pensionary side...

    @ghost I am glad you discovered yourself again...awesome.
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    And I'm not saying it's not! it just wasn't in my case. I can safely say that I probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the haven games gave me. I didn't mean to sound opinionated, I was talking more about my own case and anyone who goes through depression knows how individual and unique it is.

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    When I went through it. Nothing sounded fun or interesting. I didn't game or watch TV even.

    It's good that some do though because it can be therapeutic.

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    For some people it gives them something to do and something to get their mind off of their problems. For others, it may make it worse and get them in more of a bigger state of depression.

    This is the same with stress. Gaming can take away stress and it can give stress.

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    Like everything else, gaming in moderation can indeed help.

    Games provide little goals which you can overcome relatively easily which helps you feel good about yourself - you're achieving something, even though small, you're working toward an end goal. This is good. However, relying on that is not good and only aids the problem you're facing. Like Bourbon said above, if you're doing the latter you're merely pushing back an already present problem that needs to be dealt with.

    Personally never suffered from depression, though i can say i find games very entertaining and sometimes *cough* Skyrim *cough* you can get very into the game world and just have a blast.

    You can also put in games that make you rage incoherently, play games that make you sad, games to make you jolly. It is that same thing with music.

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    I love the emotion of games...the rage on multiplayer , the games that grab you by the balls...escapism. It gives you what you invest in at its best. It's good to talk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fijiandoce View Post
    Personally never suffered from depression
    I'm both glad and jealous. lol

    Depression shaped me into the man I am today so I can't complain too much (other than about having wasted 20 years of my life to the void) cause I can be pretty badass.

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    I've suffered through depression, generally gaming is always a good escape. However, you generally are not facing your problems, which usually keep you depressed for longer. My epiphany of self worth came after I experienced some stuff in the real world and realized I was better than I thought I was. Gaming was more of a mask to hide the pain.


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    I'm by no means clinically depressed, but if I'm having a bad day and feeling down, then I find that the escapism of games helps to take stuff off my mind. I'm the sort of person who prefers to just ignore and forget about things that get me down anyway. Games mean I'm able to immerse myself in someone else's life, another world.. That's something that things like movies just can't do in the same way.

    Whether that's actually healthy or not is up for debate, but it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisw26308 View Post
    When I went through it. Nothing sounded fun or interesting. I didn't game or watch TV even.

    It's good that some do though because it can be therapeutic.

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    Some games probably help with depression. Others can make you feel worse. Especially if you keep failing in the game.

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    I'd recommend games you can beat .

    Success seems to be a great help for depression.
    Success is conquering a game, solving puzzles, and getting things done IMHO.

    Right now, because i'm a lethal action platform gamer, Strider is making me a generally happy man.
    I just wish I could figure out WHAT i'm supposedly missing in certain areas . I'm 100% in only one zone and 90's in the rest and a friggin 75% in another.
    I did recently figure out some doors only open not just with the right plasma but using the throwing knives and not the sword so it activates a switch on the other side ( i don't read things to beat merost games)>
    So, hopefully I get there.

    Otherwise, yeah, success for me is a good depression solution.
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    yes in my experience for sure.. But people deal with it in different ways and look at gaming for venting anger

    it helps if you think venting the anger out in a fake world is a help, but some carry that over to the real world
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    I don't normally get depressed, till I look at the 300-ish PlayStation games I have spanned across every system. I sometimes want to simply play every single one because I am compelled to reclaim my moneys worth from them.

    Secondly is playing a hard game over and over, can almost bring a guy to tears.
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    Mostly, yes.

    Good wind down too - no matter the game.

    Just don't play a game like Dark Souls ,Football Manager or anything that is competitive or frustrating. Something like LBP, Rayman, Super Stardust or whatever that is just good for the sake that you're playing something; and that doesn't really punish you for anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jj03 View Post
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/25671185

    These last two months, I have been off work with anxiety and depression..so, I gamed myself to death and it really helped me...the different story's, engagement, chattin to people whilst playin...its hard to explain...what are your thoughts?
    Contact with people is the best medication for this kind of diseases.

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