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I was depressed, anxious, and on the verge of suicide, then Zelda: Breath of the Wild saved me

I was depressed, anxious, and on the verge of suicide, then Zelda: Breath of the Wild saved me
From N4G - November 10, 2017
rainslacker57m ago

I would think something like this would just be a temporary relief from their depression. Sort of a calm in the storm thing. Having known people that deal with depression, there are times when an outside stimulus will help them feel better for a while, but eventually, the world will weigh them down again.

Taking everything at face value, I am glad someone was able to find some relief, but at the same time, they should probably seek more professional help to help them overcome it without the need to have an external stimulus, or possibly take some medication to help them.

Assuming everything is all good after such a short period of time can be worse than not having a relief, as it sets up a false sense of security, where a regression can actually make the person feel worse than before.

At best, I feel gaming can be therapeutic when looked at in the broader picture, but should not be considered a treatment. No professional therapist would think that one thing would cure depression. It's a complex psychological thing that requires guidance. Typically, there is more required to actually cure it for the long term, and more often than not, it's more about treating the symptoms than curing the disease, as many people do not actually recover fully.

In short, it's very rare where a single stimulus will cure someone of depression, and those kinds of things tend to be epiphany moments which allow a person to accept the problem and wish to become better. However, that moment of clarity is not a cure, and it typically requires quite an effort to overcome it on a personal level. If the person did not have to work to be better, then I question if they were really clinically depressed.

More often than not when I hear people say they are depressed, they are just mopey and sad a lot, but not actually depressed. Not saying that's the case here as the author claimed to be suicidal, but that's just what I have noticed, and a lot of people seem to self-diagnose themselves and simply assume they are depressed, instead of just being unable to deal with their troubles in life.

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