Depression

Have you ever had a hard time sleeping after a long day of Gaming? Have you felt like nobody wants to listen to what you have to say or how you feel? You are not alone… and this is completely normal.

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According to the National Institutes of Health* 1 in 5 Gamers have mentioned having trouble sleeping and may be going through a depressive time of their life.

**If you or someone you know is posting suicidal or disturbing messages, you can confidentially contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741)**

Anxiety

Are you or someone you know experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Being irritable
  • Having muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep

If so, this might be signs of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders often go hand in hand with depression. People who have anxiety disorders struggle with intense and uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, fear, worry and/or panic. These feelings can interfere with daily activities and may last for a long time.

Cyberbullying

Trolling involves deliberate, misleading, and malicious attempts to provoke reactions from other online users by saying unwanted or controversial comments on various online sites to engage in a fight or argument.[i] Meanwhile, cyberbullying which also takes place over digital devices, includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.

The content an individual shares online creates a somewhat permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it.

If you are dealing with trolling or cyberbullying

Take These Steps Immediately:  

  1. Do not respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
  2. Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
  3. Block the person who is cyberbullying.

Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers

  1. Cyberbullying often violates the terms of service established by social media sites and internet service providers.
  2. Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
  3. Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
  4. Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.  

Report Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement

When cyberbullying involves these activities, it is considered a crime and should be reported to law enforcement:

  1. Threats of violence
  2. Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  3. Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
  4. Stalking and hate crimes

Some states consider other forms of cyberbullying criminal. Consult your state’s laws and law enforcement for additional guidance.[ii]


[i] Golf-Papez, M., & Veer, E. (2017). Don’t feed the trolling: rethinking how online trolling is being defined and combated. Journal of Marketing Management, 33(15-16), 1336-1354.

Trolling involves deliberate, misleading, and malicious attempts to provoke reactions from other online users by saying unwanted or controversial comments on various online sites to engage in a fight or argument.[i] Meanwhile, cyberbullying which also takes place over digital devices, includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.

The content an individual shares online creates a somewhat permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it.

If you are dealing with trolling or cyberbullying

Take These Steps Immediately:  

  1. Do not respond to and don’t forward cyberbullying messages.
  2. Keep evidence of cyberbullying. Record the dates, times, and descriptions of instances when cyberbullying has occurred. Save and print screenshots, emails, and text messages. Use this evidence to report cyberbullying to web and cell phone service providers.
  3. Block the person who is cyberbullying.

Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers

  1. Cyberbullying often violates the terms of service established by social media sites and internet service providers.
  2. Review their terms and conditions or rights and responsibilities sections. These describe content that is or is not appropriate.
  3. Visit social media safety centers to learn how to block users and change settings to control who can contact you.
  4. Report cyberbullying to the social media site so they can take action against users abusing the terms of service.  

Report Cyberbullying to Law Enforcement

When cyberbullying involves these activities, it is considered a crime and should be reported to law enforcement:

  1. Threats of violence
  2. Child pornography or sending sexually explicit messages or photos
  3. Taking a photo or video of someone in a place where he or she would expect privacy
  4. Stalking and hate crimes

Some states consider other forms of cyberbullying criminal. Consult your state’s laws and law enforcement for additional guidance.[ii]


[i] Golf-Papez, M., & Veer, E. (2017). Don’t feed the trolling: rethinking how online trolling is being defined and combated. Journal of Marketing Management, 33(15-16), 1336-1354.

[ii] Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA). (2020, September 15). What Is Cyberbullying. Retrieved October 12, 2020, from https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it

Anger Tilting

At times playing video games can cause anger and frustration as a result of a variety of reasons such as the content of the game, not being able to pass a level of the game, or its directed to the other players you are playing with.This can also at times result in tilting, anger and frustration displayed while playing a game in which the player becomes angrier, frustrated,  complain, and/or pressure themselves and teammates to “try harder,” except worded harshly. When you or someone is in a tilted state of mind it is best to do the following: 

Recognize the physical symptoms of anger: 

  1. Tense muscles and clenched jaw
  2. Headache or stomachache
  3. Increased heart rate
  4. Sudden sweating or shaking
  5. A dizzy feeling

After recognizing the symptoms of anger and/or titling employ some strategies that can be used to calm yourself down such as the following:

What you can do in the moment:

  1. Take Breaks from the game
  2. Turn Down the Difficulty
  3. Look at a walkthrough or how-to video on the game being played
  4. Remember that games are a learning process
  5. Give yourself an Outlet for your anger: Go outdoors, get physical exercise, take deep breaths

Click here for more information on ways to cope with stress. 

And remember video games are supposed to be fun, if you are not having fun at any moment while playing, you should probably take a break.