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User Submission – Anon

Not so sure where to start now. My mother has bipolar, so growing up was very difficult for my sister and I. I’d often have to care for my sister more than my own mother did. Even at a young age, we were taught to keep sharp objects away from her. Now she’s getting older and it seems like it’s […]

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User Submission – Mike Aryman

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and when I was in junior high. I have a strong family history of both. I’ve been placed in an outpatient hospital mental health program twice for suicidal ideation/self-harm, both times when I was in high school. My depression and anxiety are still issues I struggle with daily, but are under control to […]

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User Submission – Anon

I grew up experiencing emotional abuse and neglect. When I joined the military and finally started making a life for myself, I was sexually assaulted. That trauma caused my life to fall apart, costing me my enlistment, my college scholarship, and my ability to competently live my life. As such, I have struggled with major depression and was diagnosed with […]

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User Submission – Anon

I’ve had depression for as long as I can remember. My family members have also had it, so it’s likely a genetic or family-passed behavioural thing. Interlaced with anxiety about success, body image, and relationships. I have been on SSRIs twice, for about about a year each time. What Gaming Means To Me It’s hard to say in general as […]

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User Submission by LE

I’ve been diagnosed at one point or another with a few different things, but it seems like my diagnosis has finally settled on borderline personality disorder, chronic depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and some past OCD. I’m being treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy. That’s the clinical description, anyway. I failed out of school once because of depression that made me want to […]

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User Submission – Coffee with Oliver

Way too much backstory to write it all down here, but to sum up: I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety. I have put myself and others through Hell for most of my life, since childhood, in fact (I’m told). Finding therapists with extensive knowledge of BPD in this area is nearly impossible. There […]

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User Submission – Captein

I do not believe I suffer from depression, at least not the form of it that have heard people describe as a sort of numbness. I have experienced thoughts about self-harm and suicide, but I don’t think so, no. I know people who have or have had it and realise that it is a problem and not enough people recognize […]

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User Submission – Lindsay Richards

Was in therapy or counselling from age twelve through eighteen, due to bullying igniting temper problems in Year 6 (Aus). Starting high school, the temper issues faded giving way to anxiety, depression and hypervigilance. I was diagnosed with Depression and General Anxiety Disorder between Year 8 and 10. I don’t remember much from those years, possibly due to the mental […]

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User Submission – Jeffrey

When I was in junior high, I began to develop anxiety problems. I’d be convinced I had a horrible illness and no one could convince me otherwise. It was incredibly detrimental to myself and my family. I was given a prescription for prozac and it allowed me to function again. A few years a later, I began to develop OCD, […]

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User Submission – Michaela

I would say I suffered by melancholy or mild depression in my child and adolescent age. I thought about things a lot and there was always the dark side I was unable to overcome/ignore. Uncontrollable bad things in the world, human behaviour manifesting itself in horrors of history, the overwhelming unspoken expectations of society at the time (kids with a […]

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User Submission

Without going into my background I was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 20, following three difficult years. I’d lost about 20 kg in bodyweight, and was down to 69 kg at 179 cm. This made my doctor worry to the point where she’d prescribe me to eat chips and ice cream if I felt like it. I […]

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User Submission – Jeff Keeper

It’s hard to know for sure when I started to feel extremely anxious in social situations, definitely at a young age, around 6 or 7. I have never been diagnosed with anything officially, but have always felt this way. That is also around the time I started to play a lot of games. Others (parents) might look at videogames as […]

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User Submission – Anon

Diagnosed with severe depression and self harm as a teenager. Also suffered from severe insomnia, but it was treated as part of my depression, and I refused sleeping pills. Went through counseling and slowly recovered. I consider my depression to be “in remission,” not cured, and still struggle with mild depression now and again. I no longer self-harm and sleep […]