How Video Games Helped Me Overcome Severe Anxiety

WoT Guru: Everyone experiences some sort of anxiety either in their every day lives or during a specific moment where it has effected them. However, others like myself experience anxiety on a level that prevents them from doing simple everyday things such as just going to the grocery store to grab a few things for dinner. Sometimes you simply cannot convince yourself to get out the door, while other times an anxiety attack surfaces out of nowhere to completely shut you down.

This is how a video game, primarily World of Tanks, helped me get on the path to finally tackle my severe anxiety and to eventually overcome it.

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xX1NORM1Xx1635d ago

This is a good article we need more of these to fend off the "murderer played mario once" articles I myself have slowly been getting worse and worse when it comes to anxiety it sucks but I'm gonna try what you did and see if it works for me

C_Menz1635d ago

Its a tough road, as you can see it took me roughly 10 years, but the key is to never give up. Even trying to do small things to challenge yourself is better than thinking that you'll never lessen your anxiety. Find what methods work for you and set goals to slowly build yourself up.


How video games gave me severe anxiety..

Playing MW3

How video games cured the anxiety I got from playing MW3...

Played the Witcher 2

honestly though, I game for fun and all that but I use to be very competitive with online MP games. After the last few Cod games though they really killed it for me.

I now find peace and tranquility with great single player experiences.

herobyclicking1635d ago

I really appreciated the author's honesty. It must be difficult to share this, but cathartic.

C_Menz1635d ago

It took me a while to put it into words, but while it is hard for someone to share about anxiety it does help you overcome it. I hope that this article is able to help someone else suffering since it is difficult to overcome something that is very hard to understand.

Heisenburger1635d ago

I came here just to say that it was a very good, heartfelt article. I was happy to see you posting in the comment section, as now I can tell you directly what it is that I wish to tell you.

Just a couple of months ago I came to the realization that I was suffering what I would call "high anxiety". However I should perhaps preface this by saying that all of my issues were/are solely on an emotional level. I've never had anything physically scarring occur. So while I of course don't know you and can't possibly act like I truly understand this part of you, I did, for a point in time, find myself breathing heavy in my local grocery store. Usually when people were too close in a congested section of the store. I also would become uncomfortable if, for instance I would get a new shirt. If someone gave me a genuine compliment I would graciously accept it. However if their eyes lingered I would find myself growing more and more uncomfortable. To the point where I actually asked my grandmother to stop looking at me when she told me how much she loved my new haircut.

It's pretty ridiculous when viewed from an outside perspective, I'm sure. However it is, in every sense of the word, a disruption.

Though I hope my post doesn't come off as someone wanting to vent, I did feel a certain sense of comradery while reading your story. I felt the need to return to you some of what you shared with us.

While I cannot empathize with the cause, I can with the feelings. This article genuinely brought me some joy today, on what is an already good day. This has all just been my roundabout way of simply saying thank you for sharing. Well done.