Category Archives: Stories

Take “Take Your Pills” With a Grain of Salt

In the first 30 seconds of the Netflix documentary Take Your Pills, we hear about the troubling physical effects of stimulant medication, followed quickly with credits featuring images of skulls and skeletons slowly sinking in an ever-growing avalanche of pills. This film is not a balanced look at stimulant medication, and at its core, this […]

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How One Streamer’s Fight Against Stigma Inspired a Future Overwatch Pro

At Take This, we believe in the power of sharing our stories — the power of showing people that they’re not alone. The story of Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson, an Overwatch pro playing with the Houston Outlaws, is a wonderful example of that power. Recently, Håkansson talked to PCGamesN about his history with gaming, streaming, and […]

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How Depression and Anxiety Led Me To Build a Community

I’ve been suffering from depression for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t truly diagnosed until I was nineteen and in college (where I could get free counseling). But I knew something was up for a while. I recall being about five and bursting into tears seemingly out of nowhere and then asking my […]

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Lindsey Stirling Shares Her Eating Disorder Story

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist who rose to early fame with a series of amazing violin covers of themes from games and series like Assassin’s Creed, The Legend of Zelda and Skyrim. She’s also someone who’s had an eating disorder, and who’s happy to open up about it to help others. She recently sat […]

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What Research Says about Psychotherapy

There’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there about whether or not psychotherapy works, especially since some of the research seems contradictory. In this video, Hank Green of SciShow Psych breaks down the state of the research, and explains some of the factors that go into whether or not therapy works for individuals. If […]

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Beating Back Depression With Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a hopeless, dark pit of a game that punishes players at every turn — which is exactly why IGN’s Max Scoville says it helped him get through a period of depression. In this episode of Up at Noon, Scoville opens up about some of his mental health struggles, reminding viewers that they’re not […]

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First Episodes of CheckPoint Series Introduce Mental Health and Therapy

The wait is over: the CheckPoint Series is here. Our friends at CheckPoint, led by Dr. Jennifer Hazel, have released the first episodes of a web series that covers mental health and its impact in the video game industry. CheckPoint is an Australian non-profit that advocates for mental health in the video game industry, much […]

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The Power of Music

In 2002, shortly after I came out of the closet and life as I knew it was falling apart, I was driving home up a twisting, wooded, two-lane, mountainous highway. I was feeling lost, alone, and pointless. I began to drive about 80 mph and became aware of how easy it would be to simply […]

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Captain America Shares His Secret For Silencing Anxiety

Chris Evans hasn’t been quiet about his “noisy brain.” Anxiety is a long-standing issue for him, one he’s spoken to Rolling Stone about — and one that almost cost him his career-defining role. He recently tweeted this interview from Motivation Monday addressing that very experience. “Normally you do movies one at a time and if […]

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Feeling Those Winter Blues? Catch Up on the Science of SAD

If you’re prone to depression during the darker months of the year, you’re probably aware of — or diagnosed with — Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder that comes and goes or worsens with the seasons. You may also have heard that SAD “doesn’t exist,” which can be a frustrating thing to hear when […]

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