Some Guy in a Mask - Sometimes it can take more than one attempt to get the help you need.
I have an amazing group of friends, seriously they are the best. I was playing games before I met them (the earliest I met when I was about 13) and they opened my eyes to co-op and other games. Now we are in our mid to late 20s and we still get together to play video games, board games and D&D. But I constantly feel like a stranger.
My memory is pretty bad but it wasn’t until I was…
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Take This founder to speak on “How to depression-proof your studio culture” at GDC
Take This, Inc. Founder and President Russ Pitts will present a lecture at the 2014 GDC…
Living Around Anxiety by Derek Smart - “I had to fashion a lifestyle that would allow me to cope with anxiety”
By: Derek Smart
True fact: I myself battled various forms of anxiety for years. Even went on SSRIs (Paxil mostly) for several years. Didn’t like the side effects. Then one day, many years ago, I quit cold turkey. Just like that.
The Cave in My Chest - “most people think I am the last person to think about killing myself.”
By: Brenna Beattie
Today, I found out that someone in the gaming community, someone I admire greatly, committed suicide. It’s the second time someone I cherish has done so and the sixth time I’ve considered doing the same.
Let me start out by saying this:…
The Nervous Kid - How Shaun Finney went from nausea-causing anxiety to “a freedom from… everyday worry.”
By: Shaun Finney
I’d always been a bit of a nervous kid. It was the typical young nerd story of bullying and isolation you hear so often, so there’s no need to go into those details. But from junior high to high school to the five years after, there was a…
Kingdom Hearts II Gave Me Hope - An anonymous author describes how a coveted video game may have saved his life.
My name is not really important for this article, but some background about me is that I’m a 22-year-old student studying game development in Worcester, Massachusetts. I was first diagnosed with depression along with general anxiety disorder when I was 12…
When it All Falls Down - “Who would want to carry this on their own? Who would want to carry this with me?”
Here I stand, weak and about to collapse. Here I stand, waiting for the sounds that will call me to my former self. Here I stand, mourning. No one willing to meet me in my distress.
Here I stand, tremendously pained. Condemned. Lost.
The Gray Haze - How Grand Theft Auto IV and Xbox Live helped CJ Melendez deal with depression.
By: CJ Melendez
The first time that I could remember that disgusting feeling of being enveloped by some sort of gray haze — later identified as anxiety-induced depression — I was in high school. I don’t recall exactly when I started to feel it, but it was…
I was raised to not believe in mental illness
My Genie - Russ Pitts shares how his anxiety made him hide, and how writing became a “relief valve.”
By: Russ Pitts
I try to be vague when I write about my anxiety. Or, if we’re being charitable, we can call it being exploratory. Questioning. Uncertain, perhaps. And there’s a reason for that and it’s right there on the surface. I’m not hiding it; I don’t…