Category Archives: Featured

Wired Productions and ‘The Town of Light’ Raise Funds for Take This

The wonderful folks at Wired Productions are setting out to raise funds for mental health charities over the course of the next year, and we’re happy to say that Take This is one of those charities. Wired Productions publishes The Town of Light, a game that takes a deep, fictionalized look at the Ospedale Psichiatrico […]

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Social Anxiety at Large Conventions

Editor’s note: In the lead up to Gen Con 2017, Gnome Stew’s Head Gnome, John Arcadian, shared this story about his experience with anxiety and the ways he’s found to support others in the gaming community who might be dealing with their own anxieties at major events. John has kindly allowed us to republish it […]

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Why Am I So Angry?

By: Ryan Hamann, clinician Kratos looked up from the fallen god before him, his anger burning white hot like the ashes that constantly sear his skin and serve as a painful reminder of the life he once lived. The love he once lost. He feels only burning rage, knowing that, long ago, it was love, […]

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When Gaming Isn’t Fun

By: Mark Kline, PsyD Vice-Chair TakeThis.org Many gamers are passionate, opinionated, and determined. The intensity they bring to gaming can become all-consuming, and this community can be central to their sense of identity. When this gets to be too much, play can cease to be fun. These tips may help: Step Away from the Screen—Whether […]

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What depression is

Depression affects around 6% of adults in America, but exactly what it is and how it affects people is hard to comprehend. We asked people on Twitter to share with us what depression was like, in their experience. Depression is _____. (Fill in the blank, and RT!) #depressionis — Take This (@TakeThisOrg) August 18, 2014 The […]

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Take This T-shirts and a new AFK Room come to PAX Prime 2014

Take This is pleased to announce it will be returning to PAX Prime with the “AFK Room,” mental health awareness training for volunteer “Enforcers” and a panel on helping those with mental health issues. Attendees who find that the hustle of the show is “damaging their calm” will find relief at the Take This AFK Room. […]

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How to Be A Friend

 by: Mark Kline, PsyD. Vice-Chair, TakeThis, Inc.   Friends and family are the first line of support for people with emotional problems. While it is wonderful to be trusted, this often creates anxiety and dilemmas. Friends worry they will say the wrong thing. Tolerating another person’s pain and distress can be difficult. While there […]

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Some Guy in a Mask

By: Anonymous I have an amazing group of friends, seriously they are the best. I was playing games before I met them (the earliest I met when I was about 13) and they opened my eyes to co-op and other games. Now we are in our mid to late 20s and we still get together […]

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The Cave in My Chest

By: Brenna Beattie Today, I found out that someone in the gaming community, someone I admire greatly, committed suicide. It’s the second time someone I cherish has done so and the sixth time I’ve considered doing the same. Let me start out by saying this: most people think I am the last person to think about […]

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Kingdom Hearts II Gave Me Hope

My name is not really important for this article, but some background about me is that I’m a 22-year-old student studying game development in Worcester, Massachusetts. I was first diagnosed with depression along with general anxiety disorder when I was 12 years old. Which means I’ve been living with an official for diagnosis for almost […]

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