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Topic: Does your anxiety affect how you play videogames?

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bixente

I suffer from anxiety and depression and was wondering about this.

To give one example, I was playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe last year, and having a really great time with it, but eventually I stopped playing for a really stupid reason... I was feeling anxious going into battle mode because my ranking points had grown steadily higher, and the prospect of losing those made me nervous.

One of my most played games on the Switch is this very simple puzzle game, Levels+, which relaxes me a great deal. I just go for a new high score and it doesn't matter if I fail, I just try again, there's nothing lost.

Do you ever have the sense that your anxiety is getting in the way of you enjoying videogames?

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TheDonutGamer

i used to have a really hard time talking on the chat in many ps4 and xbox one games. now i dont have issues but thats probably because i got used to it.

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GrailUK

It's absolutely normal to feel butterflys in your stomach when you feel like something is on the line (in this case your ranking).

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Charlie_Girl

I live with generalized anxiety disorder. I can't deal with single-player games that thrive on masochistic difficulty levels (such as any rouge-like game, Souls-like game, or any intentionally tough platformer). the difficulty puts me in a cycle of repetition, and I shut down and give up on the game completely.

I also live with major depressive disorder. whenever that kicks in, it just keeps me away from all video games (and other medias that bring me enjoyment). last year was a period of about five months where I just could not touch a controller or portable system.

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BlueOcean

Think about this, in Fortnite everyone wants to win but 99% of the players lose the match. I enjoy Fornite when I am having a good time, it doesn't matter if I lose, it's just a game. The important thing is if you're having fun. I don't have any disorder but I've been through difficult times in the past, like many people. In those moments there were games that helped me, like Viva Piñata, the best gaming therapy I can recommend. It somehow made me happier and helped me seeing the peace within me. I also recommend going outside, doing any sport, listening to music, talking to people in real life and finding other hobbies that are not technology-related. Those things will make you and anyone happier.

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Charlie_Girl

BlueOcean wrote:

I also recommend going outside, doing any sport, listening to music, talking to people in real life and finding other hobbies that are not technology-related. Those things will make you and anyone happier.

I'm not going to speak on behalf of bixente, but I will weigh in on my own experience.
when you're diagnosed with clinical depression, sometimes getting out of bed is the hardest thing in the world, let alone getting outside or doing anything enjoyable. if it's particularly advanced (such as mine), it drains you dry until you lose the drive to do anything.
it is, unfortunately, not that easy.

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BlueOcean

CharlieSmile wrote:

BlueOcean wrote:

I also recommend going outside, doing any sport, listening to music, talking to people in real life and finding other hobbies that are not technology-related. Those things will make you and anyone happier.

I'm not going to speak on behalf of bixente, but I will weigh in on my own experience.
when you're diagnosed with clinical depression, sometimes getting out of bed is the hardest thing in the world, let alone getting outside or doing anything enjoyable. if it's particularly advanced (such as mine), it drains you dry until you lose the drive to do anything.
it is, unfortunately, not that easy

I know and you are right, it happened to me when my father died quite young. You can start with little things. A little thing can be a song or a nice game (for me it was Viva Piñata), a walk alone or fixing something in your house. Little things like that. Step by step. The most difficult thing is start doing something. People telling you that everything's going to be alright doesn't help much, I know.

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Anti-Matter

Before I allowed LEGO CITY Undercover Wii U version & 3DS version, I have NO idea if the game had similarity with a rated 18+ game I HATE most. I was angry and disbelief to realize Nintendo and Tt Fushion could allowed such a thing like that, because I CANNOT steal the Car purposely, I CANNOT do Criminal things even in the games. I tends to play something nice, be a Good guy, not a Bad guy. But I realized if LEGO CITY undercover was a game about Police, a Hero to safe the town from criminals and have to disguise as criminals to catch the most wanted one. And I trust Nintendo will not lost their mind to ruin the innocence of LEGO games. After long deliberation, I bought those games but I still REFUSE to do a Car theft. Just Hell No !

Also, Shooting games are the most TABOO genre for me. I cannot stand to shoot in First person view or Third person view, even just Water gun like on Go Vacation or Splat gun on Splatoon. It just only remind me to All rated 18+ shooting games I HATE most. And that's why Splatoon series, Fortnite, any kid friendly shooting games are not allowed in my gaming area.

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bixente

I had a lung transplant ten years ago and the medication I take has a lot of side effects. The hospital I go to, The Alfred, gave me an antidepressant after I told them I was having suicidal thoughts. This helped a lot really, also a change in my epilepsy medication.

Two years ago my family moved from Melbourne to Bendigo which is a small city in the country here. The change has been good for me. Especially because I enrolled in a writing course at the local TAFE. I was doing well last year, unfortunately during the break after the first semester had concluded, my motivation just drained in an instant and I didn't go back. Since July I've rarely been out of the house. I really need to change my routine and get back out there.

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BlueOcean

Fortnite was just an example of how to overcome frustration. I think that the Pikmin games are a good recommendation for anyone for the themes and gameplay. I have a friend that played them in a way that no Pikmin was ever killed, otherwise he would reload the game. That is a real challenge, in between.

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ReaderRagfish

The only time I'll not play a game due to anxiety is if it's a scary game. I don't do well with those. Other than that, not really.

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@bixente
the right medication can make a major difference.
I can understand not being able to get outside. it's hard sometimes, and that's okay. just remember to give yourself credit for small things. sometimes getting out of bed to eat something can be a big accomplishment, and you deserve to recognize those things.

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Charlie_Girl

@BlueOcean I'm really very sorry for your loss. I hope you've had better days since then.

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@BlueOcean I'm really very sorry for your loss. I hope you've had better days since then.

That's very nice of you, thanks. My world fell apart and I couldn't picture life without him. We have to deal with the pain for some time, learn what we can and live our own lives as we are destined to do. Do things step by step, don't be hard on you and you will find your way. That's what I want for you and the others.

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the_shpydar

I don't have any genuine anxiety disorders or anything like that (as far as i know! lol), but as a somewhat related point, i know that for my own mental well-being i am cautious sometimes with when i play certain games — specifically, while i absolutely love the Life is Strange games, i knew that if i was in a bad or depressed mood that it was not a good idea to play them. Which i guess speaks a lot to the power of their storytelling for me more than anything else.

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Charlie_Girl

the_shpydar wrote:

specifically, while i absolutely love the Life is Strange games, i knew that if i was in a bad or depressed mood that it was not a good idea to play them.

trust that instinct.
while I love Life Is Strange, it's a hard recommend for someone who's dealing with a bout of mental illness. it has some very sensitive content.

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I have bad anxiety but video games rarely affect it, I figured horror games would, though. But I never play those.

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I have clinical generalized anxiety, and it only kicks in on horror type games. I try playing some of the bigger names, but usually can’t finish because the stress gets to me and I start not progressing at all. I didn’t even leave the tutorial in ZombiU. I can’t play Dead Rising once it’s “night time” because the zombies get fast and I just hole up in a room. Mass Effect and the Husks and Banshees threw me for a loop, but I managed. (In multiplayer I would still run frantically when I heard a Banshee enter the play field)

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gcunit

This only skirts around the topic really, but if I go on a winning streak when playing an online game, particularly if its a 1v1 game like FIFA, the pressure I start putting on myself to maintain the streak does impact my enjoyment sometimes.

But I do find playing games like Mario Kart 8 online really help with this. There's so much chaos and random stuff going on, that it's just not realistic to expect to win all the time, so you must accept it and get on with the fun of it.

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Octoguy

I don’t know if that counts but sometimes I want to play a game I haven’t played in a long time but I end up not playing it because I don’t want my Switch’s UI to get messy.

I’m weird.....

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