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Mental Health and Anime
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Posted 5/15/13
Choosing anime as another reality in order to mentally escape the one we live in. Most likely the reason if you have had a bad childhood.
Well its just one of the reasons. Either way it doesnt matter, i enjoy anime so much that the reason is kind of irrelevant.
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Let's see: I suffer from severe depression, severe anxiety, and have severe hostility issues. However, I've had these issues way before I started watching anime on a daily basis. Just like with video games, anime is something that helps me forget about my mental health issues. Yeah, they won't be gone, but they take my mind of it. I have no real friends to call my own, and I doubt the ones I do have would be understanding of my addiction to anime and video games. Maybe I really am running away from reality. But if I let myself get too consumed by the problems of my reality, my depression would probably lead to thoughts of suicide after awhile. I still have that anyway, so...
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Uhm, I've just been talking to someone about that exact thought. I was thinking exactly what you just wrote, and I thought I was the only one who believed that. Why? Mainly because myself and my friends who watch anime suffer from the same things. It's a bit of a depressing thing too (As if I wasn't depressed enough).

Though I think that you may be right, I don't know what I find attractive about anime but the fact that it's comforting and takes me away from the real world which is, in short, a horrible place. It therefore makes me feel a little bit happier because it whisks me away from the truly horrible reality. I want to live in a world that is portrayed in anime, I may add, though that in it's self is depressing for me, because it is an impossible dream.

Sometimes I just want to believe I'm normal, or that I can live a better life than I do now, despite being a bit of a weirdo compared to the other... "People"...
Posted 5/15/13

PrincessLunza wrote:
...compared to the other... "People"...


I don't know why, but I think the way you worded that just made my day.

Thank you.
Posted 5/15/13

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 think the same way
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As I said before I suffer from depression/asperger syndrome and when I watch anime or read manga for a couple of hours I'm not thinking about my depression/asperger syndrome or the other problems I have. But I try not to use anime as a complete escape from reality because using something to escape/hide from your problems is never good in the long run. But the anime Welcome to the N.H.K did help me sort something out in my head
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Anime, manga, VIDYA GAMES are all means of escaping from reality. There isn't necessarily any deeper connection than that, especially considering how social one usually is with those states of mind.

But this doesn't imply that most, or many of anime/manga/games fans are depressed, have aspergers or is trying to "escape reality". Might as well be a loud minority.
Posted 5/15/13
I can see this.

I was thinking the same. Why did I choose anime during that part of my life? It appealed to me more than other things. It made me forget and i totally got drawn in to this little box that was away from the bad stuff that I was feeling so I could ignore it all. It also made me feel part of a community, anime fans aren't like music fans and shit. they're seems to be a closer link between people that watch it.

Shame my first anime was naruto shippuden which is a pile of horse fuck
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AnimeKami wrote:

have you ANOVA'd this?

This is a good point. I'd like to see a 2-way analysis of variance on the sample population to verify that there is a significant difference in the number of aspergers + depression individuals watching anime versus the number of non-aspergers + depression individuals watching anime. Hell, make it into a Master's thesis or something.
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mhibicke wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:

have you ANOVA'd this?

This is a good point. I'd like to see a 2-way analysis of variance on the sample population to verify that there is a significant difference in the number of aspergers + depression individuals watching anime versus the number of non-aspergers + depression individuals watching anime. Hell, make it into a Master's thesis or something.


you seem to have this thing with master's thesis, lol
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I know close to 60 ppl with aspergers (I live in a supported living Which specialise In aspergers syndrome) which more than 70% of them are anime fans. If you compare that my non aspergers friends which only about 10% of them are anime fans
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Any fandom seen as "out of the norm" seems to attract people with various metal health problems. Anime and the furry fandom especially in my experience. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Me, myself? I have a clean mental bill of health. I just likes me some cartoons. *^.^*
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Oh god, I laughed way too hard at this.
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Posted 5/15/13

ghostshell101 wrote:

I know close to 60 ppl with aspergers (I live in a supported living Which specialise In aspergers syndrome) which more than 70% of them are anime fans. If you compare that my non aspergers friends which only about 10% of them are anime fans


While you may have a correlation between asperger's and anime, you are more likely to have a correlation between living together and anime. In other words, unless you can control for environmental variables, you got diddly squat.
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ghostshell101 wrote:

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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