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  1. Hi everyone, My name is Chris. I'm 28 years old and an avid gamer. I've been playing games for a large part of my life, ever since my late nan bought me Pokemon Red with the Gameboy Colour in 1999. So I was only 7 years old when I remember falling in love with video games. Fast forward to the present day, and I'm married with two young boys, aged 3 and 5. I also serve in the military. The above sounds good right? Well, I've been considering finding a forum like this for a long time. I was diagnosed with depression in December 2019 and have been on the road to recovery since, but I still have 'depressive episodes' which last around a week and are pretty intense. I've never thought about my gaming habits until this point. My therapist and I have nailed down my depression primarily to self-loathing and regret. I often find that I have not done what I wanted to do in my life so far. My career is a positive note and thankfully I've never jeapordised that, but personally, there are numerous things I wanted to do with my life that I have not gotten round to do. For example, I've wanted to learn the piano, and write a book, since I was a child. The reason I never have? I spend my free hours gaming, and have done for over 20 years. When I am due to be in work, I wake up early, get myself ready and start my day. It almost seems easy, because I have to do it in order to keep my job like anyone else. But on the weekend or a holiday? I can stay up until the early hours of the morning and game, to the point where I don't wake up until after lunch, much to my wifes very understandable annoyance. If I was her I would have left me long ago. I guess what I am looking for is help in moderation. I really enjoy my time gaming, I feel like it can be part of my life in a healthy way, and the idea of going cold turkey just makes me shun the idea of any action instantly. I'm not afraid to admit that. A bit like smoking, as I used to smoke 30 cigarettes a day. Going cold turkey or using patches failed completely, and I started vaping a year ago and haven't touched a cigarette since. It gives me belief that I can somehow find a method to drastically reduce my gaming time without throwing my PC away and never doing it again. Or is that just false hope. Is completely quitting the only way? Any advice would be much appreciated, and thankyou for reading my post.