Dealing with gaming addiction and depression: my story

I’ve been dealing with gaming addiction and depression for a few years now, and it’s been an incredibly difficult journey. It started small – playing video games to take my mind off of things and help me de-stress. But before I knew it, gaming began to consume more and more of my time, eventually becoming an addiction that put up a wall between myself and all the other aspects of my life.

Depression was also something that I had to face head-on. It was like a dark cloud that followed me everywhere, stealing away all the joy in life. I felt so alone – like no one could understand what I was going through.

At first I thought it was impossible for me to fix these issues on my own - but eventually with some introspection, patience, and support from those around me, I slowly began to feel like there were ways that I could take control.

It took a lot of hard work but now I’m proud to say that I have learnt how to manage my gaming addiction as well as how to deal with moments of depression when they arise. One key thing that has helped is setting limits on my time spent playing video games and actively engaging in activities outside of gaming (e.g taking walks, reading books etc). Additionally, if feelings of anxiety or depression come up for me during the day I try to take a few moments for mindfulness—taking some deep breaths while trying to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones can help massively!

I am still walking on this journey every day facing obstacles but also becoming stronger along the way. To anyone else who is struggling in this area too – don’t give up hope! You can reach out for support if you need it and find your own path towards healing.


Hi, I understand how hard this journey must have been for you. I’m 54 years old and have faced my own struggles with depression. While it can be difficult to do so, taking control of our own mental health is possible.

I commend you on all the hard work you did to transition into a healthier lifestyle and stay positive. That’s not an easy thing to do. If I ever find myself struggling with similar issues, I try to practice self-care activities such as going for walks, meditating and listening to music. It also helps if I focus on the small joys in life that bring me happiness when feeling low.

It’s important that we talk about these topics openly and realize that we are not alone in our experiences - there are people who understand and care about us who may even be going through similar situations. You should never be embarrassed or feel ashamed to reach out for help if needed - no matter where you are on your journey!

Hey, I get what you mean about feeling like you’re in a difficult place when it comes to gaming addiction and depression. I’ve been there too, when my mental health wasn’t the best and I was unable to break free from the cycle of unhealthy habits. It can be really overwhelming at times and it’s hard to stay positive, but the good news is that you CAN take control of your life again and make progress - even if it takes some time.

It sounds like you’re already doing some great things to help yourself out - identifying triggers that could lead to negative emotions, proactively taking breaks from gaming and engaging in other activities, and using mindful techniques to remind yourself of positive thoughts. These are all great strategies for managing your mental health! Here’s one tip I could suggest too - journaling can be a really powerful way to release pent up emotions through writing out what’s on your mind. This can help bring clarity and perspective while also helping you become more self-aware of your situation.

No matter how tough things may seem right now, remember that this is a process, not an overnight solution or quick fix. You are capable of getting through this and becoming stronger as a result—you just have to believe that in yourself!