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Man of Doom

Doom and Mental Health (or at least, my own story about it)

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4 hours ago, Man of Doom said:

I do plan to seek out professional help

 

So how has Doom contributed to one's mental health and how they address it?

 

Man of Doom, you sound like you're dealing with some challenges. I encourage you to seek out someone you trust, and confide in her/him. Better yet, also speak with someone who might be in a position to help you deal with your inner conflicts.

 

Although playing DooM might seem therapeutic at times, it is not a substitute for interacting with an empathetic person. And, while you have prepared a reasonable psycho-profile of DoomGuy, it would be a mistake to identify with him to the point that you believe you can solve problems of isolation by battling pixellated demons.

 

My sincerest wishes for your improved well-being.

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I just play Doom because it's a game and you kill Demons. Of perfectly sound mind. That's all there is to say.

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1 hour ago, ReX said:

 

Man of Doom, you sound like you're dealing with some challenges. I encourage you to seek out someone you trust, and confide in her/him. Better yet, also speak with someone who might be in a position to help you deal with your inner conflicts.

 

Although playing DooM might seem therapeutic at times, it is not a substitute for interacting with an empathetic person. And, while you have prepared a reasonable psycho-profile of DoomGuy, it would be a mistake to identify with him to the point that you believe you can solve problems of isolation by battling pixellated demons.

 

My sincerest wishes for your improved well-being.

 

While I do hold Doom in a very high regard, I don’t really plan on using it as substitution for speaking with an empathetic person. In fact, too much Doom can actually cause even more isolation by failing to interact with other people, instigating a cycle of even more isolation. Good things are handled in moderation, after all. 

 

And while I do empathize with Doomguy in terms of his isolation, trying to solve it by just playing Doom isn’t going to solve that. The real answer is something I have to discover for myself in the real world. 

 

I do make it a point to try reaching out to someone who’s able to be empathetic, but finding one in the first place is the hard part. 

 

Like I’ve said, I’ve had more negative experiences with people than positive ones, and finding someone who might be able to help me address my past traumas has proven to be rather difficult so far. 

 

I very much appreciate the concern, and thank you for taking the time to read what would otherwise be a massive wall of text. 

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When I was younger I used to really wish I could live among those fictional worlds and maps, whether it was Doom or D&D or Half-Life. I'm also a big sci fi/fantasy world and can relate to that feeling of having a purpose but wanting to remain a pariah, a loner. Likewise I feel the Doom community and the desire to share creations with complete strangers brings a kind of acceptance that's harder to find in the real world - you do your own thing, others play it, you go back off to playing on your own...

 

In a way it saddens me that I don't feel that pull as strongly anymore, even though I guess I'm happier in the other areas of my life now.

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13 hours ago, Man of Doom said:

... finding someone who might be able to help me address my past traumas has proven to be rather difficult so far.

I agree that finding someone to trust and speak with about deep-rooted issues is not always easy. But cast a wider net if you haven't found someone in your circle of family, friends, or coworkers. If you have a job, perhaps your company has an employee-assistance program that will give you free counseling for the initial sessions. If you are in school/college, there ought to be a counselor with whom you can speak for free. Most states have programs that will direct you to resources, including free counseling.

 

Do not resort to alcohol & narcotics use, as that will almost certainly compound your emotional health issues in very short order.

 

The good thing is that you recognize your feelings of isolation, and are willing to seek help to address the issue.

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20 hours ago, Man of Doom said:

Unfortunately, the world has become a place where people don't want to live in it anymore, and that's a fact of life that can and SHOULD be changed.

Couldn't disagree more with this. You can't change the world, you can only change how you see it, and how you deal with it.

 

And just for the record, I like living in this world in spite of the issues that exist these days.

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8 minutes ago, Nine Inch Heels said:

Couldn't disagree more with this. You can't change the world, you can only change how you see it, and how you deal with it.

 

And just for the record, I like living in this world in spite of the issues that exist these days.

 

100% agree with you. 

 

Life is a struggle and we have to choose our battles. It's better to find that one little ray of hope and happiness in a bad day, than dwelling on the negativity. 

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1 hour ago, Nine Inch Heels said:

Couldn't disagree more with this. You can't change the world, you can only change how you see it, and how you deal with it.

 

And just for the record, I like living in this world in spite of the issues that exist these days.

Agreed. Conquer your life or be conquered.

It's up to US to live the way that we want along with the problems and other issues that are ahead...

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Oh my gosh, writing any long and alobarative fan theories is a very bad sign by itself. Believe me, I saw this too many times.

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On 6/11/2018 at 6:37 AM, Dr. Crowley said:

Oh my gosh, writing any long and alobarative fan theories is a very bad sign by itself. Believe me, I saw this too many times.

 

Uh? I do that at times and I'm ok, for the most part at least. I can only speak for myself, but I'm a fairly introvert person and as such I tend to spend more time in my head than talking to other people, which gives me plenty of time to think about the things I enjoy (games in this case).

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On 6/9/2018 at 2:25 PM, Nine Inch Heels said:

Couldn't disagree more with this. You can't change the world, you can only change how you see it, and how you deal with it.

 

And just for the record, I like living in this world in spite of the issues that exist these days.

 

On 6/9/2018 at 2:34 PM, DeadAstronaut said:

 

 

100% agree with you. 

 

Life is a struggle and we have to choose our battles. It's better to find that one little ray of hope and happiness in a bad day, than dwelling on the negativity. 

 

On 6/9/2018 at 3:31 PM, leodoom85 said:

Agreed. Conquer your life or be conquered.

It's up to US to live the way that we want along with the problems and other issues that are ahead...

 

I’m actually pretty astounded by how heartwarming this is. Granted, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to maintain especially when dealing with mental issues, but I’m told that the struggle will always be worth it. 

I keep getting told that the world may appear to be going to Hell in a handbasket, but I’ve come to find that the good things often come in small packages, be it a nice nap or getting a nice message from that special someone. 

 

Carpe diem, I suppose. 

 

On 6/11/2018 at 6:37 AM, Dr. Crowley said:

Oh my gosh, writing any long and alobarative fan theories is a very bad sign by itself. Believe me, I saw this too many times.

 

Um, how exactly? How is ruminating on a game’s mythos that leaves much that can be left to the viewers imagination necessarily a bad thing?

Besides, it helps me organize my thoughts. 

 

On 6/12/2018 at 10:30 AM, KVELLER said:

 

Uh? I do that at times and I'm ok, for the most part at least. I can only speak for myself, but I'm a fairly introvert person and as such I tend to spend more time in my head than talking to other people, which gives me plenty of time to think about the things I enjoy (games in this case).

 

A similar case here; I find it far easier to to have my thoughts put out on a screen or a piece of paper rather than to explain them verbally. 

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47 minutes ago, Chezza said:

This reminds me of an article I read a few years back about a Brother and Sister using Doom to discuss about their emotions.

 

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/03/13/videogame-nasties-saved-my-life/

This is an honest and moving account of family trauma, and the role that videogames played in restoring a semblance of balance. The occasional escape from real life is a necessity for many, but might become more so when someone is troubled. The trick, I suppose, is in knowing when escape is starting to become a substitute for real life. Guidance from a loved one and/or a medical professional can be vital in creating that equilibrium.

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The story was good, until you began to align with it. Life is tricky, and, if you're extremely lucky, you'll acquire one or two actual life-long friends. Everyone else is an acquaintance who may enjoy your company for the time being, and then may stab you in the back when profitable. This is a fairly normal situation that most people experience. It may not look that way for you, at this point in your life, but I've realized that most people experience these same difficulties. The introverts feel awkward around people, and experience a type of loneliness. The extroverts cannot look inward, and depend on others to develop their world view.

 

Others see the introverts as brilliant, unapproachable people. Others see extroverts as charismatic likable people, who use people and won't shut up. Often, the reality is quite different than what it seems. But, do know that everyone experiences the same feelings and emotions (unless they are psychopaths), and everyone has similar difficulties at some point in their life, regardless of how hard they try to hide it.

 

There will always be questions that cannot be answered, and goals which cannot be accomplished. It is important to balance those pursuits with the enjoyment of the things you do have, and the miracle of being able to. We are alive, and, though life is difficult, it's the best gig going.

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