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Mental Health and Anime
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I've always Wounded why anime attracts people with mental health problems especially aspergers and depression. I myself suffers from aspergers and depression and so do a lot of my friends who like anime. And none of us can really put a finger on it. But this seems to be unique to the anime community. Is it because most anime communities are accepting and generally safe place to to be or is it because people with mental health problems see something in anime that they can't get from more mainstream media. for me when I watch Anime for does 5 or 10 hours I dont suffer from aspergers and depression I'm Just lost in the story. But what do guys think.....
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I suffer from a few mental health problems, but I don't think they're related to me watching animu or reading mangos.
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Ink-e wrote:

I suffer from a few mental health problems, but I don't think they're related to me watching animu or reading mangos.


Reading a mango can be pretty difficult at times.

Suffer from mental health problems for real or just kidding?
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Ink-e wrote:

I suffer from a few mental health problems, but I don't think they're related to me watching animu or reading mangos.


You sure about that? I don't know what an "animu" is, but reading tropical fruits certainly sounds like a symptom of a mental illness to me.

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Ink-e wrote:

I suffer from a few mental health problems, but I don't think they're related to me watching animu or reading mangos.


Reading a mango can be pretty difficult at times.

Suffer from mental health problems for real or just kidding?


Fo' real.


kardonius wrote:


Ink-e wrote:

I suffer from a few mental health problems, but I don't think they're related to me watching animu or reading mangos.


You sure about that? I don't know what an "animu" is, but reading tropical fruits certainly sounds like a symptom of a mental illness to me.

(Yes I know it's a meme, it's also idiotic)


So are a lot of things, but I really don't care enough to stop using them.
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have you ANOVA'd this?
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Even before I knew of anime or manga I suffered from depression, so maybe it is just something else?

Maybe for some, anime and manga provide that relief away from the regular world where they feel alone and isolated - it provides this escapist fantasy where it is only them and the adventure.
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Uhm, I don't think the two are related. People with mental illnesses have hobbies and interests just as any other person does, and I haven't noticed a big number of people with mental illnesses who like anime.
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magicuser360 wrote:

Even before I knew of naime or manga I suffered from depression, so maybe it is just something else?

Maybe for some, anime and manga provide that relief away from the regular world where they feel alone and isolated - it provides this escapist fantasy where it is only them and the adventure.


I was too lazy to put that but I had the same thought. Depressed people do tend to like things that take their mind off of stuff and anime and manga is a great way to do that. Even if it is only for 24 minutes at a time it can help. Depression is way too common these days though so I have no idea if there is really any sort of connection.
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I don't suffer from anything like that. It helps to have healthy goals and a job you enjoy going to.
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Well played.
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magicuser360 wrote:

Even before I knew of naime or manga I suffered from depression, so maybe it is just something else?

Maybe for some, anime and manga provide that relief away from the regular world where they feel alone and isolated - it provides this escapist fantasy where it is only them and the adventure.


I was too lazy to put that but I had the same thought. Depressed people do tend to like things that take their mind off of stuff and anime and manga is a great way to do that. Even if it is only for 24 minutes at a time it can help. Depression is way too common these days though so I have no idea if there is really any sort of connection.


I personally do not think there is a connection. Though in saying that, I think perhaps in some cases, getting really hooked on something while depressed can make it so much harder to let go of that, and make it much harder to function in the real world. Sometimes you can get too attached with something, and when it is gone - you're nothing without it.

I think what is needed is balance.
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magicuser360 wrote:


justanotherguy_2005 wrote:


magicuser360 wrote:

Even before I knew of naime or manga I suffered from depression, so maybe it is just something else?

Maybe for some, anime and manga provide that relief away from the regular world where they feel alone and isolated - it provides this escapist fantasy where it is only them and the adventure.


I was too lazy to put that but I had the same thought. Depressed people do tend to like things that take their mind off of stuff and anime and manga is a great way to do that. Even if it is only for 24 minutes at a time it can help. Depression is way too common these days though so I have no idea if there is really any sort of connection.


I personally do not think there is a connection. Though in saying that, I think perhaps in some cases, getting really hooked on something while depressed can make it so much harder to let go of that, and make it much harder to function in the real world. Sometimes you can get too attached with something, and when it is gone - you're nothing without it.

I think what is needed is balance.


Very true. In the days I was most depressed I had massive addictions to anything that helped me escape for a bit. In the beginning it was computer games, Everquest to be exact, and then it turned into anime. My regular life just seemed so much worse in those days from it. Then I lost interest in everything though. Balance is definitely the way to go with things if possible.
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