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It beats alcohol
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("Animu" and "mango"? More nonsense from the creators of "weeaboo".)

The main issue, I think, is that anime / manga fandom took to the Internet when the Internet was still young, so it is not that we have a disproportionately high number of the mentally ill, IMO, it is that they are more visible in this fandom, and have been so for longer. ... Unfortunately, there have been several high-profile cases that have drawn unwelcome attention to us, and those involved have often been unable to (adequately) defend themselves.
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I do kind of see what you're saying, but it's not just anime, it's basically any type of fiction. You've got crazy people in every single fandom. Heck, the friends I've made on a game forum all have some sort of issue. I would say it's just plainly the internet where people tend to be more comfortable revealing their problems, so it's not where "all the crazy people frequent", it's just that normal people's issues become more, well, obvious.
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Any activity that allows individuals to escape reality attracts individuals that are looking to escape reality....
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AnimeKami wrote:
you seem to have this thing with master's thesis, lol

It's pragmatism.
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You might be onto something lols.I suffer from bipolar depression and when i watch anime i kinda forget about everything.
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ghostshell101 wrote:

why anime attracts people with mental health problems ..But what do guys think.....


Anime is visually pleasing... I've never thought of it as something that attracts people with any particular traits.

There is certainly a lot of mature content, gore, blood, violence etc in some Anime, but then again those things exist in every other kind of media, too.

People possessing various degrees of 'mental balance' enjoy many of the same things, and I don't think Anime is an exception.

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Why does Crunchyroll attract people with mental health problems
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This thread is has a lot of truth in it.
There seems to be a correlation between those with depressive tendencies and similar ailments and the attempts to escape to another world. This is from personal experience and from meeting many others over the years.
Most of the practitioners of mental health care dont seem able to invest time to discover the source of the problem. They throw a myriad of pills at us and say it will help us. How many of you have taken the antidepressants and found that you were more like a zombie rather than human.
Small groups of friends into gaming, anime, reading scifi and fantasy novels, all venues of escape.

I am by no means a trained "expert". I am just another that has suffered at times, just longer than most of you.
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I have a history of Clinical Depression which I have overcome, but it's not the illness which led me to Anime. It was the beauty of Anime and it's imaginative power that helped me escape reality, which in my opinion is freaking awesome, so long as it's controlled and you don't have to start depending on anything to help you continue on living.



kennk5 wrote:

This thread is has a lot of truth in it.
There seems to be a correlation between those with depressive tendencies and similar ailments and the attempts to escape to another world. This is from personal experience and from meeting many others over the years.
Most of the practitioners of mental health care dont seem able to invest time to discover the source of the problem. They throw a myriad of pills at us and say it will help us. How many of you have taken the antidepressants and found that you were more like a zombie rather than human.
Small groups of friends into gaming, anime, reading scifi and fantasy novels, all venues of escape.

I am by no means a trained "expert". I am just another that has suffered at times, just longer than most of you.


I agree with you 100 percent. My psychiatrist doesn't seem to give two shits about how to solve my problem. It always seems he wants to know whether I need more pills or stuff, which is complete bullshit since certain prescription did in fact make me feel like a fucking zombie.

Don't forget that most people you may encounter in real life don't understand mental illness and how mediocre some of these diagnosis may be. Most will not understand--which will include your family and friends--and that may attract one to withdraw from these people since they may act like complete ass holes to you. I'm no expert either, I only speak from personal experience.
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Anime is a form of escapism but then again so are a lot of things.

I would not class anime any differently from those other things.
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I kinda watch anime for the sake of anime. If anything college makes you depressed more than anime.
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I think we're taking correlation as a sign of causation.

I'd only go so far as to say people with depression or other mental health problems are more likely to withdraw from group activities and spend more time alone. Which means they spend more time being bored. Which, today, usually means they spend a lot of time looking for something to do on the internet that'll be entertaining for awhile.

And anime definitely qualifies as an appealing internet time sink.

So, ultimately, people with mental health issues watch anime for the exact same reasons as anyone else.

They want to see something interesting.
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uhh... yea i dont have mental problems and i like anime.
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