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As explained in this video from Did You Know Gaming? Extra:

This is one DYKG? video that everyone needs to see, whether they have mental ailments or at least know people who do. The narrator explaining his own depression drives it further home.



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Yeah I knew a hardcore gamer that killed themselves, so no it doesnt beat anything. This is pseudo science junk and dangerous for those with real depression.



contestgamer said:
Yeah I knew a hardcore gamer that killed themselves, so no it doesnt beat anything. This is pseudo science junk and dangerous for those with real depression.

Have you honestly grasped what a horrible thing it is you just said?



CaptainExplosion said:
contestgamer said:
Yeah I knew a hardcore gamer that killed themselves, so no it doesnt beat anything. This is pseudo science junk and dangerous for those with real depression.

Have you honestly grasped what a horrible thing it is you just said?

Saying that games beat depression is dangerous. Treatment helps beat depressiob. Games can temporarily treat symptoms only and often in unhealthy ways long term



contestgamer said:
CaptainExplosion said:

Have you honestly grasped what a horrible thing it is you just said?

Saying that games beat depression is dangerous. Treatment helps beat depressiob. Games can temporarily treat symptoms only and often in unhealthy ways long term

They didn't say it was a replacement for pharmaceuticals, just that it worked for patients who happened to be avid gamers.



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As someone who has struggled with depressions and played a lot of games, I wonder if gaming has overall been a help or a hindrance. I know that's not exactly the focus of the video, but it's something I've wondered for a while.



CaptainExplosion said:
contestgamer said:

Saying that games beat depression is dangerous. Treatment helps beat depressiob. Games can temporarily treat symptoms only and often in unhealthy ways long term

They didn't say it was a replacement for pharmaceuticals, just that it worked for patients who happened to be avid gamers.

It might help dull symptoms as a form of mental escapism, but I've known people that ended up losing jobs and relationships because they began escaping for 10-16 hours a day in to games. And I'm not sure that many of those with severe depression have the self control to keep their gaming habits to what we might call moderation. Obviously people with depression can find some solice in gaming, but when you have  video titled how games can "beta" depression, well thats just wrong. games will not solve the underlying issue of depression, ever.



contestgamer said:
CaptainExplosion said:

They didn't say it was a replacement for pharmaceuticals, just that it worked for patients who happened to be avid gamers.

It might help dull symptoms as a form of mental escapism, but I've known people that ended up losing jobs and relationships because they began escaping for 10-16 hours a day in to games. And I'm not sure that many of those with severe depression have the self control to keep their gaming habits to what we might call moderation. Obviously people with depression can find some solice in gaming, but when you have  video titled how games can "beta" depression, well thats just wrong. games will not solve the underlying issue of depression, ever.

You're only saying that because you're cynical, and totally downplaying what Boogie said at the end of the video.

If that's how you feel, then you might as well look right at other patients who've curbed depression through gaming and tell them there's no hope for any of them.



CaptainExplosion said:
contestgamer said:

It might help dull symptoms as a form of mental escapism, but I've known people that ended up losing jobs and relationships because they began escaping for 10-16 hours a day in to games. And I'm not sure that many of those with severe depression have the self control to keep their gaming habits to what we might call moderation. Obviously people with depression can find some solice in gaming, but when you have  video titled how games can "beta" depression, well thats just wrong. games will not solve the underlying issue of depression, ever.

You're only saying that because you're cynical, and totally downplaying what Boogie said at the end of the video.

If that's how you feel, then you might as well look right at other patients who've curbed depression through gaming and tell them there's no hope for any of them.


He's talking more about anxiety in his case at the end. That's fine. Depression is a different beast altogether. Carrying a Nintendo Ds with you isn't going to help you treat your depression, period. It might help temporarily ease symptoms, but I'm skeptical of that being healthy either in the long term, as many with depression will use gaming to escape from dealing with their depression to begin with.



contestgamer said:
CaptainExplosion said:

You're only saying that because you're cynical, and totally downplaying what Boogie said at the end of the video.

If that's how you feel, then you might as well look right at other patients who've curbed depression through gaming and tell them there's no hope for any of them.


He's talking more about anxiety in his case at the end. That's fine. Depression is a different beast altogether. Carrying a Nintendo Ds with you isn't going to help you treat your depression, period. It might help temporarily ease symptoms, but I'm skeptical of that being healthy either in the long term, as many with depression will use gaming to escape from dealing with their depression to begin with.

There you go again, talking like there's no hope for these people. Why do you keep bashing something that they find comforting in dark times?