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on 7/13/2015, 11:53 pm
So Joey (mainly at least) wanted me to make this topic about how i dug myself out of the hole I fell in (read: depression). I don't know how many people will read it, I don't know how many of those people will even care, and I don't know how long this will be up for (and I especially don't know how well this will be written, if it is at all Razz). But I'd like some kind of catalog of it since I sure as hell won't go out of my way and do it some other way, and hopefully it'll somehow help even one person see that maybe their struggles aren't so unique and that other people understand, and they'll be able to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and be able to continue walking too. The order and structure probably won't make sense, but that's fine because for any of you who converse with me, that's exactly how I roll.

Part 1:
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Well the reason I've finally decided to do this (as I've put it off for a while) is because Satoru Iwata, the late President and CEO of Nitnendo, passed away. That might not seem to have anything to do with me, but he really did help me a lot in my struggles. He helped me a lot in general, as video games are my favorite hobby and Nintendo is my favorite developer, but that's not specific to this topic.

I went through a pretty heavy depression for a while (which I'll go more into detail later) obviously since I'm writing about it, and for a while I just going through the motions, drifting through life. A while being from the end of my senior year of high school through part way through my freshman year/semester of college, so basically a few months. I really didn't do much, and I'd basically forgotten my hobbies. Until Pokemon X/Y came out, and I decided "fuck it", and got a 3DS and Pokemon Y (I somehow always happen to get the less popular version). That game engrossed my life much more than I thought it would, and around 80 game hours later I decided to pick up Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as it came out a few weeks later (still busy with college, cant' play games all day). That, too, engrossed my life, and I realized something I had long forgotten:

I love video games.

I'd basically fallen out of gaming mid-7th gen (so 2010 or 2011 for the most part, besides a few games here and there), and when I got with my high school sweet heart I'd basically stopped gaming altogether. But not anymore. The 3DS was out, and the Wii U was out, and I decided I was going to catch up on lost gaming time and play the living hell out of them...

...Or so I'd like to think. That's a very glorified way to look at it. The reality was I realized gaming was an amazing distraction to my severe depression and it would help immensely in getting my mind off of her and life and I'd completely whore myself out in games.

And so I did. I spend hundreds upon hundreds of hours between them and distracted the hell out of myself. And I enjoyed every second of it. While video games didn't exactly get me out of depression (and I wouldn't recommend my extremity to someone in the same situation), it did distract me and help give me a buffer zone to get back on my feet and dust myself off. Video games have given me countless hours of immeasurable joy, fun, excitement, and much more, with most of them coming from Nintendo, and even more specifically, Mr. Iwata. Pokemon Gold (and by extension Heart Gold, the remake), Super Smash Bros. and its sequel SSB Melee, Wii Sports honestly, Super Mario Galaxy, Earthbound, and many Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, DS, and 3dS (sadly I didn't get to play many pre-5th gen games as I wasn't around back then) games he was involved with soaked hours of my life that I wouldn't trade for the world. My life definitely wouldn't be the same without Nintendo (or him), and I might possibly not still be around at all.

So thank you, Mr. Iwata, for helping me in ways you'll never know, yet devoted your life to ensuring you did so. I only wish I had a better way to thank you.

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on 7/13/2015, 11:53 pm
And so concludes part 1. Not as relevant and possibly heartfelt as it should be, but it's for a greater purpose.

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on 7/14/2015, 11:18 am
It's always good seeing post like these. I feel like they can/do actually help people look through someone else's perspective on depression.

I totally agree with hobbies being a helpful outlet and passion for people, to distract from depression. It's something that can give people a sense of purpose and introduce them to communities.

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on 7/14/2015, 5:28 pm
@BDB wrote:It's always good seeing post like these. I feel like they can/do actually help people look through someone else's perspective on depression.

I totally agree with hobbies being a helpful outlet and passion for people, to distract from depression. It's something that can give people a sense of purpose and introduce them to communities.

This is true, although I don't think the person will usually realize this (as I didn't). It's good as a distraction and a way to take a break from it all, but most people (as I did) distort that image and see it as a complete escape and don't really use it as a crutch, but a cast.

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on 7/15/2015, 5:35 am
@BDB wrote:I totally agree with hobbies being a helpful outlet and passion for people, to distract from depression. It's something that can give people a sense of purpose and introduce them to communities.

this is good

it's kinda not the case these days unless you actively look for it. sites like twitter/tumblr/etc are too hard to "fit in" - it could be said you most likely will never truly fit in anyway since the places are so big. like i said though, you can make an effort to find a smaller community within them.
and that's bad, so smaller communities have always been good for these reasons (for me anyway). you get to know people better, etc. maybe this is why i can always go back to smaller forums, and always feel like i belong way more.

maybe that's just me though.
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on 2/5/2016, 12:50 pm
lol I never got around to this again.

But apparently the source of all this shit has returned. Hopefully Part 2 won't be a thing, and by hopefully I mean I will try my fucking damnedest to never let it happen.

/cryptic

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on 4/7/2016, 10:39 pm
I got depression (recently) cause I stopped making music, when you lose your hobbies it be killing you on the inside.

btw the title of thread sounds like some fucked Gay Solo Porn
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on 4/7/2016, 10:42 pm
bruh I feel you lol I was actually diagnosed with it but I actually have been thinking here recently that it's moreso from some weird form of social anxiety I have with my family

Also gran, I think you're due an update on this :)
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on 4/9/2016, 2:37 am
Yeah one of the main reasons I wanted to make htis thread is because I wanted to help people with depression in saying it gets better. At least my testimonial or whatever. I'll start updating this more again I should have.

A slight update on that asshole cryptic post is that I'm happier than ever before thanks in part to my amazing girlfriend, the girl I used to talk about here. We broke up like 2 years ago (partly why I had depression) and she came back into my life again and it's better than ever before.

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