How Gaming Can Help Battle Depression
“Find something to believe in, and find it for yourself. When you do, pass it on to the future.” – Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
This is what we should all be doing, but never stop to think and take the time to do. We can, and YOU can!
Depression affects the majority of us at any one/many points in our lives. We experience pain, worthlessness, the weight of the world on our shoulders, and we feel as if we are the only ones in existence; completely alone. These feelings can become so harbouring and so strong that we go inside ourselves and want only to be alone. We can’t move, can barely sleep or eat, and we can feel that we’ve lost our passion for life. It shouldn’t, and doesn’t, have to be this way…
This is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of staying strong for too long. I, myself, have suffered from depression for many years. I tried to ignore it for a very long time, and pretended that it wasn’t so, but the biggest step of our journey is admitting that all is not well and telling our nearest and dearest. I finally plucked up the courage to so this (and it did take some time, but it’s whenever YOU are ready) and, when I did, I felt like a definitive weight had been lifted.
This is only the beginning… You are you. You come before you. We need to take the time to appreciate who we are as individuals and blossom into who we want to be, and no one can take that away from us. Those of us who suffer have the most creative and wonderful minds, just bursting with ideas and creations that are ready to take on the world. We can imagine almost anything and can find ways to escape.
The two things that aided my journey were music and gaming. Gaming is an incredible way to escape. To immerse ourselves in the weird and wonderful, and a virtual reality where anything is possible. The vibrant colours, the strange and unheard of worlds to explore, fantastical attire, and insane weaponry. What more do you need to lose yourself for however long you wish to?!
One of my favourites is American McGhee’s Alice: Madness Returns, because I felt as if I was playing myself in a way. Alice was admitted to an asylum for something she didn’t do, was mentally tortured and made out to be a head-case, when it was everyone else around her who were truly twisted. It was the ultimate journey of finding out who she truly was, (I haven’t been admitted to an asylum though, fear not!). Even through her journey, she was never alone, and neither are we. We are here for each other and always will be.
Whether you’re into your rock/metal music or not, you should check out Kerrang!’s site. They’re doing ‘Rock Against Depression’ this May, where various artists have been coming in to talk about how they’ve overcome/are overcoming depression in their own way. I’ve been listening to it and have found it very inspirational.
Right, I think I’ve rambled on enough, but always remember that we matter. YOU matter. We have the power to do whatever we want and make it so! Remember to take the time to do things for you, and no one else. Just you. YOU come first.
If you want to talk about yourself or anyone you know who is suffering from depression, then please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here for YOU. WE GOT THIS!!