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Hey guy posted this on reddit but would like an extra opinion. This winters been real tough for me because I started suffering from panic attacks. I am on naturpathic medicines and vitamins but sometimes they dont really help and sometimes make it worse.

I've been researching about dopamine and the connection between video games and excessive dopamine as well as adrenaline.

My question is? Has video gaming increased anxiety levels? Has taking it away after withdrawal took the symptoms away??

Any input appreciated Thanks

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Hey guy posted this on reddit but would like an extra opinion. This winters been real tough for me because I started suffering from panic attacks. I am on naturpathic medicines and vitamins but sometimes they dont really help and sometimes make it worse.

I've been researching about dopamine and the connection between video games and excessive dopamine as well as adrenaline.

My question is? Has video gaming increased anxiety levels? Has taking it away after withdrawal took the symptoms away??

Any input appreciated Thanks

Great question...I suffered with agoraphobia and social anxiety and managed to beat it whilst gaming. I think on the contrary it actually allowed me to zone out for a while and forget about my anxiety for a little bit.

I know that stress affected my Anxiety more than anything else, so if you are becoming stressed over gaming then you shouldn't really be doing it! In the end you need to face what your anxiety is head-on and challenge the demons so-to speak.

I'm now on day 24 (nearly 25) and my anxiety hasn't gone up or down. I can tell you my anger levels have gone down slightly, so if anger triggers your anxiety then perhaps that could be a problem.

But all in all gaming didn't affect my anxiety personally.

If you have any more question feel free to ask :) I wrote a whole book on how I beat Anxiety ^_^.

 

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Awesome man, I havent figured out what caused my anxiety yet. I know certain triggers like porn. So I have cut that out. I was researching a bit online and found some connection between video gaming and anxiety levels. Which would make sense because the brain doesent know the difference between a screen and reality. and If you are playing COD for example your body reacts as well when the mind takes in the stimulus.

 

I would love to read your book. Or just have a chat.

Thanks for the comment Falky!

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