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Hello all!

I know there are some existing forum topics already relating to anxiety and panic attacks, but I was wondering if there are some people who have specific triggers relating to playing online or adrenaline based video games?

First I should probably give you guys a little backstory:

I used to be quite normal, but due to a lot of stress and anxiety-inducing factors in my current life, (I just lost my pet cat to kidney failure very suddenly and both my mother and father had a scare relating to cancer) I recently developed a pretty bad case of panic disorder of which I am currently taking medication for. I'm an avid gamer, it's my hobby. I play both CS and League of Legends almost every day. Except for recently, sadly because every time I start a game and my adrenaline starts going up I feel like I'm about to puke up my innards and/or have a heart attack; which, by all standards would be highly unlikely because I'm a 20 year old female with no family history of heart problems.

How do people deal with this? How do you get back into playing adrenaline-pumping games again without feeling like death is knocking at your door?

Or more importantly, do you still struggle with such issues?

Please share your story, it would be comforting to hear that other people like myself have the same problems and are hindered from doing what we love. It's hard to keep going when your covered in a cold sweat, but remain on the edge of whether you should pull the plug on your pc or continue suffering through the pangs and dizzied vision.
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Nope. I play video games frequently with no adverse side effects.
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Perhaps you should try taking a break from League and CS and maybe look at some other games that aren't as triggering for your anxiety.

Do you have any ideas as to why you may be getting anxiety attacks from these games? Meaning, what parts of the game are setting you over the edge. Is it the competitiveness of the games, the violence, etcetera?
Posted 10/19/15
lol, i'm sorry but i laughed at the story about your pet dying from kidney failure.
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ZenZaku wrote:

Perhaps you should try taking a break from League and CS and maybe look at some other games that aren't as triggering for your anxiety.

Do you have any ideas as to why you may be getting anxiety attacks from these games? Meaning, what parts of the game are setting you over the edge. Is it the competitiveness of the games, the violence, etcetera?


I think it might just be adrenaline related, I'm not completely sure. It's just something about the "healthy" stress about getting invested in something and having the heart race a little faster than normal that puts me off edge.

I think you're right about taking a break though. I've been taking time off doing anything straining, but whenever i return to it (even if I have a good day) it seems to always come back :/

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There are medications for panic attacks, and therapy. That is where I'd go.

I personally deal with a lot of stress in my life and can say sometimes you just have to go get the help. Being stressed is normal and everyone has a different reaction.
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i used to love playing real time strategy. especially close combat series and wargame: airland, european escelation, red dragon. i can't play them any more. they stress the hell out of me. i really find myself unable to send troops on delaying missions if i know the chances of me retrieving them are slim. close combat: panthers in the fog was one of the most stressful games i have EVER played. seriously. i don't know what happened. i just can't take the pressure of being responsible for IMAGINARY deaths! *sigh*.
i keep going back to try playing them again, but i routinely fail to enjoy them.
Posted 10/19/15
Went through something similar when I was around 15 except I played CoD and Stuff. I just stopped playing games gradually and moved onto other things. I suggest not playing against others online and try games where you can go at your own pace.
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lol, i'm sorry but i laughed at the story about your pet dying from kidney failure.


Damn, asshole.
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Sometimes on my end with gaming, specifically ones that consist with combat with other players pump my heart rate up more then usual. So what I'd suggest(I've done the same) is either relax and read a book or watch a calm anime(Non Non Biyori anyone?) or show, or alternatively play a calm puzzle game.
I'm sorry for the loss of your cat, and I hope future gaming experiences become calmer situations in them.

Out of curiosity, have you tried singleplayer only games? That might also be a good place to relax aswell, just make sure it doesn't require alot of action or so forth, and it should help.
Either way, hope this helps!
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Play a puzzle game or a stress relieving game or something, or just carry on playing LoL and bring a big bowl so you're prepared if you feel like throwing up.
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Vivaer wrote:

Sometimes on my end with gaming, specifically ones that consist with combat with other players pump my heart rate up more then usual. So what I'd suggest(I've done the same) is either relax and read a book or watch a calm anime(Non Non Biyori anyone?) or show, or alternatively play a calm puzzle game.
I'm sorry for the loss of your cat, and I hope future gaming experiences become calmer situations in them.

Out of curiosity, have you tried singleplayer only games? That might also be a good place to relax aswell, just make sure it doesn't require alot of action or so forth, and it should help.
Either way, hope this helps!


I have! I actually noticed this first was an issue when I picked up the witcher 3's new expansion pack. It sucks because it's my favorite game and it feels like I've been waiting a lifetime for more dlc to come out.
But yeah, like you said it should probably be something with less action in it. It's really weird, just going into like the "sense" mode and listening to the monster's growling around me in game triggered panic. I was really bummed that I had to put it down for good after 3-4 attempts during that day.

I guess it's harvest moon and pokemon for me hahah X')
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haha thanks, I try to ignore people like that :')
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Posted 10/19/15 , edited 10/19/15

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Vivaer wrote:

Sometimes on my end with gaming, specifically ones that consist with combat with other players pump my heart rate up more then usual. So what I'd suggest(I've done the same) is either relax and read a book or watch a calm anime(Non Non Biyori anyone?) or show, or alternatively play a calm puzzle game.
I'm sorry for the loss of your cat, and I hope future gaming experiences become calmer situations in them.

Out of curiosity, have you tried singleplayer only games? That might also be a good place to relax aswell, just make sure it doesn't require alot of action or so forth, and it should help.
Either way, hope this helps!


I have! I actually noticed this first was an issue when I picked up the witcher 3's new expansion pack. It sucks because it's my favorite game and it feels like I've been waiting a lifetime for more dlc to come out.
But yeah, like you said it should probably be something with less action in it. It's really weird, just going into like the "sense" mode and listening to the monster's growling around me in game triggered panic. I was really bummed that I had to put it down for good after 3-4 attempts during that day.

I guess it's harvest moon and pokemon for me hahah X')


That could work, also make sure you get plenty of hydration during gaming aswell(Not saying it might be anything relating to the issue at hand, but incase it gets to an action-filled sequence I always grab something to drink or have something to drink with me).

On the topic of Witcher, it is one of my favorite singleplayer(other then the upcoming Fallout 4) games as of the moment. I've been resolving issues with it that it has with my Nvidia card and shadowplay(Pc version :p), but yeah, expansion looks great and hopefully the help from everyone in the thread hopefully resolve or make the panic attacks less potent :). And hopefully makes it so you can continue to enjoy the Witcher's story :D.

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Posted 10/19/15 , edited 10/19/15
First of all sorry about your cat losing a pet is always hard. About the panic attacks: I've actually had that happen to me before. When playing online games (Call of Duty) would cause me to have panic attacks. So I avoided playing those types of games. What I did was play slower paced games like RPGs or puzzle game to help me relax. I'd suggest doing the same for you and take a break from competitive games like LoL and CS. Relax, Have Fun.
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