Category Archives: Anxiety

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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Time Present and Time Past

By: Anonymous Supporter Over a decade ago a man I’d never known, and never would know, hit me in the back of the skull with a hammer. The flat head came swiftly down and connected with my own, and the pressure of the blow split the skin, creating arms made of flesh forced to separate. […]

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Shut Away in My Room

By: Joshua Moore I’m not entirely sure when exactly my anxiety problems began. I believe it was around 2008 during my ninth year of high school. I was always sort of shy and quiet, but I didn’t use to have any problems talking to people really. Unfortunately I was in the same tutor group as […]

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The Balance Between Games and Life

By:Fabio Santana Since I was a child, I’ve kept to myself in most aspects. Not socially, but emotionally. I grew up suppressing my feelings and ideas with the intention of not stepping on toes, or hurting peoples expected future for me. Videogames have been, and always will be, my place I can go to forget […]

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Living Around Anxiety

By: Derek Smart Reprinted with permission www.dereksmart.org True fact: I myself battled various forms of anxiety for years. Even went on SSRIs (Paxil mostly) for several years. Didn’t like the side effects. Then one day, many years ago, I quit cold turkey. Just like that. There was a point where I couldn’t even leave the […]

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The Nervous Kid

By: Shaun Finney I’d always been a bit of a nervous kid. It was the typical young nerd story of bullying and isolation you hear so often, so there’s no need to go into those details. But from junior high to high school to the five years after, there was a positive trend in my life. […]

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The Gray Haze

By: CJ Melendez The first time that I could remember that disgusting feeling of being enveloped by some sort of gray haze — later identified as anxiety-induced depression — I was in high school. I don’t recall exactly when I started to feel it, but it was related to a mix of general teenage stress […]

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I was Raised to Not Believe in Mental Illness

(but that didn’t stop me from suffering from it) A Take This 2013 year in review by: Russ Pitts I used to say I was raised to not believe in mental illness. And, while this is true, it’s not the whole truth. I was raised to believe a lot of things — or rather I […]

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My Genie

By: Russ Pitts I try to be vague when I write about my anxiety. Or, if we’re being charitable, we can call it being exploratory. Questioning. Uncertain, perhaps. And there’s a reason for that and it’s right there on the surface. I’m not hiding it; I don’t know shit. Not about this, anyway. I’m learning […]

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