Category Archives: Friend

Don’t Miss This Look at One of Calvin and Hobbes’ Best Storylines

If you need a good cry this afternoon, I have the perfect Calvin and Hobbes storyline for you: the one where Calvin finds a baby raccoon. Read it, have a good cathartic sob, and keep it in your heart forever. But that’s not the storyline that Kevin Wong discusses in this excellent article for Kotaku. […]

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Ask Take This: Helping Friends and Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

This week at Geek & Sundry, you can find the latest community questions tackled by our team of clinicians. This time, Bill DeMonte joins us to answer questions about helping friends through depression and dealing with suicidal thoughts. He’s a doctor of clinical psychology in the Seattle area, and a volunteer clinician with Take This. […]

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Six Rules for Building Healthy Friendships

“It’s dangerous to go alone,” is just as true now as it was in 1986. That’s why we’re here, after all – to foster a supportive video game community and to be here for you when you need us. But for all of that, it’s even better to have people around – friends and loved […]

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How to Survive Super Tuesday With Your Mental Health Intact

Super Tuesday is just one more day in the long-running American election cycle, but it’s a big one, and people are invested. Today could make or break your candidate of choice, so how do you cope if your candidate doesn’t succeed (or your least-favorite candidate does)? For that, let’s look back a few years to […]

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How to Be Accountable When You’ve Caused Harm

Image credit: Léa Dubedout Sometimes we hurt the people we care about. Not just those of us dealing with mental health issues, though those can make it harder to pay attention to the needs and feelings of others. But just about everyone has the capacity to harm someone else, intentionally or otherwise, and it’s awful […]

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Square Enix is Looking For #EverydayHeroes

For a game embedded in the fantasy of time travel, Life is Strange handles a lot of real-life issues. Grief, abuse, drug-use, bullying, depression – each takes center stage as protagonist Max Caulfield tries, and sometimes fails, to help the people around her. It doesn’t take the power of time travel to listen to a […]

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The Social Worker

By: Alex Carlson “Maybe you have OCD.” This is the phrase a social worker said to me one day. I had talked with this person for a while about my recurring thoughts and anxieties, but continuously dismissed their words, thinking that my situation was something I really could “get over.” It was in high school. […]

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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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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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