Video Games vs. Depression

Can games help beat depression? Danny explores the link between video games and dealing with mental health issues.

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  1. I can't believe I'm just now finding this video, but I'm so glad you made it. I struggle with depression, anxiety, as well as severe OCD (I took a mental health screening where if you scored a certain number you had OCD. I scored about 100 points above that number). I actually found this video because I was on a really low point today and decided to search for games that depicts mental illness to find something that made me feel better (denying the depression doesn't help me; I feel better from stories and games of overcoming those things). Thank you so much for making this video and for getting stories of people like me out there. You guys are seriously the best.

  2. I don't think depression can be beaten fully from external sources, only suppressed. It's an internal issue, and needs internal ways to destroy. But the way society has been created, and the way the system works is what causes this.

  3. video games are depression I mean look at them thay don't go outside but play games go out meet other people enjoy life

  4. As a 15 year old, I spend most of my time playing videogames. I typically don't talk to anyone but my family because I'm shy and don't have friends (not saying that as a joke, it's "popular" to joke about not having friends, but I literally don't have a single friend, not even at school) and as a result of social isolation and lack of activity, when I'm not playing games, I'm normally feeling depressed. (I don't know if I'm actually depressed, I haven't been officially diagnosed)

  5. I suffer from depression and crippling social anixty and I am only alive cause of my friends online they know my deepest darkest secrets and though suffer from same shit and we just play same gta or far cry and we just talk and have fun

  6. Skyrim special edition, assassins creed ezio trilogy, kingdom hearts, A.C. Black flag, and a.c. origins, are games that really suck me in, too bad my ps4 broke

  7. If I didn’t have my video games I would have given in to my demons that I constantly battle. I deal with anxiety, Bipolar and impulsive disorders. I don’t get out much because I loss faith in people. I’ve always tried to treat people the way I want to be treated, but learned the hard way that just because u r nice to someone doesn’t mean u will receive the same. I just hope and wish that people will learn to be more empathetic to individuals with mental health issues and truly understand they exist.

  8. I also have epilepsy so I have to be careful of what I play. I have been playing Battlerite a lot lately it's one of the few games that don't trigger seizures. I was 17 when I was diagnosed with depression and ODD

  9. I can't even play games to have fun or to escape, I used to love them, enjoy them. Right now, I only play games automatically, without even noticing that I'm actually playing a videogame. It's become like an obsessive compulsive disorder, if I'm not playing videogames, I feel like I'm going to die, but I never get to enjoy them or notice what I'm doing.

  10. You could say gaming makes me happy, when my computer died and had a bad computer experience afterwards that’s when my depression began, I didn’t join in and be in a discussion about games with other people because my mind didn’t evolve fluidly, so when a Twitch streamer I like plays a game I don’t know, or if my friends talk about the hot new games, I just watch or ignore, because of how disconnected I am with those kind of games, I never played the games everyone played as a kid, sure, I played some popular games like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Heroes, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, anything on Sonic Mega Collection Plus, Bejewelled 1, 2, and Twist, and 3 after my PC’s demise for a bit, and no, Bejewelled was the shit, mobile match 3 games just ruined the genre, but I also played games y’all may not know, I had a alternative gaming experience, I had no idea what Steam was, I would download games from MSN Games and eGames, or they were made by Epsitec, iWin, or Webfoot, I played Jewel Quest 1, 2, 3, Solitaire, Solitaire 2, Solitaire 3, and Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear, I liked Jewel Quest a lot, I also played Luxor: Quest for the Afterlife, Demonstar, Demonstar Secret Missions 1 and 2, Nebula Fighter, Atlantis Quest, Rise of Atlantis, Call of Atlantis, Holiday Bonus, Moon Buggy, Wild Wheels, Colobot, Froggies, Cruncher in Mazeland, 3D Bug Attack: Revenge of the Bugs, 3D Bubble Burst, 3D Frog Frenzy, Star Defender 1, 2, 3, and 4, Asteroid Miner, Booym, Tile Blazer, Blast Thru, Colours of War, Blupimania 2, Planet Blupi, and the godly wonderful Speedy Eggbert 1 and 2.

    Once I lost that Windows XP PC, I lost track of gaming, but maybe I’ll get back to it, I got a new Alienware with 18 cores and a 2 nVidia GTX 1080 Ti’s, I’ll be using a VM a lot because Booym for instance won’t work on any OS other than Windows XP.

  11. i met tyler when playing wow and he became the best friend i ever had.. until i did a big mistake and now he moved on.. no clue how i can cope with it

  12. I can't stop playing videos games sometimes, i just want to die next to them. You have to find the right balance, easier said than done. If you don't have any video games, you really have to occupy your brain with something. Anything. I know this video is really really old but the subject will always be here. Being depressed and a gamer is dogshit, but you just have to look for the answer in whatever it is you have.. otherwise you fall deeper

  13. I play on Xbox one on console and pc, wish there was a club or something to support those with mental health, feel extremely lonely and like I have to scream sometimes because I’m selectively mute and sometimes it’s overwhelming and I have to say something to someone. Don’t get me wrong I meet so many amazing people and have lasting friendships it’s just no matter how hard I try I feel like in the end it’s nothing

  14. It's a good YouTube video summer depression and video games and you should do another one considering how information and studies having done in 5 years and depression is something that needs to be told about more!

  15. Came here after the twitter posts about mental health. Still a very good and important video.
    But fucking hell man, this was 7 years ago? I almost fell depressed thinking about that but then i saw Lucy's hair and now i'm happy!
    Jokes aside, you should probably share this again or make a new one about this subject!

  16. I can't fucking escape thru games and I don't know what to do with my shitty fucking life. Get born, have a chance to get depression, get it, have bad days forever and your coping mechanism barely work

  17. I honestly think you guys should do a follow up video to this! In 2020 mental health is a much bigger topic than it was back 7 years ago..

  18. Games are just a crutch, it's never the cure. Once you're off games it's back again. Don't find your meaning and self worth in Items or other people, find it within you, it's been there all along.

  19. I think to an extent it helps in the fact that some of these games make you use your mind. But I also think people play too much instead of getting some exercise and out in the sun etc..

  20. So did enjoy Oblivion and Fall Out #3. Ugh Imposter syndrome is not pleasant (hug too any one suffering it, its ok, you can love yourself). Be interesting too hear a post lock down / social isolation version of this too as connecting online is the safest option during such. Being with out actual contact is also very taxing as well. Any chance of a NoClip update / new take on it?

  21. That women with the feeding tube makes me feel like shit because she has unavoidable physical disabilities while mine are all mental. She has no power to fix herself, while I do, but I can't figure it out.

  22. All these years later I'm so far from the person I was when I first saw this video. All new and more complex struggles. I'm able to fall back on myself, and I'm now closer than I've ever been to getting help.

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