Discussion Point: Anime Helps Me With My Depression

We all have our ups and our downs. Some of us have down’s more than we have ups. It’s why we buy materialistic items and it’s why we try to drown out that depression. It’s a demon that I frankly struggle with on a daily basis. It’s why I have a collection of stuff that I don’t really need but I do because it helps me to forget. Anime for many is a cure to that loneliness. It may isolate them or draw unwanted criticism and hate but it’s worth not having to feel morbidly depressed. IF you cannot tell this post will be rather… depressing. Frankly I have been up and down the past few weeks and I feel it is a worthy topic to write about because frankly there are countless individuals out there who turn to anime for that happy cure. We want to feel something other than the morbid depression that just looms. Some of us may not be clinically depressed but most if not many people all suffer from that lack of happiness just from everyday occurrences. Why do you turn to something that is inanimate and has no direct bearing on your life? Why not seek out something tangible or real? Well this may be the only option on the table for a lot of people out there.

Anime can offer a door, a guiding hand or an uplifting speech. It is often a way for viewers to escape the mundane issues of their lives for 30 minutes at a time. It’s why you see anime fans with such large collections of one character in particular. It’s why we have waifu’s! Now understand that these are not the sole reasons. There are many reasons behind starting a collection of a particular item, franchise or person but many develop connections towards a character due to the simple fact that they can have an outlet to pour affection into. It helps ease that depressive feeling and in return it helps to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Now this curing effect does not have to be solely based on a physical collection or waifu. It can be just the simple act of watching anime that helps many cope. I know for myself that just being able to come home, sit down and watch my favorite anime is enough for me to know that I at least have made it past the hurdles of what life has thrown at me for that day. Does it help in the long run? This is a question I feel everyone of us asks when we look to anime to solve our issues. The answer? Maybe.

You see, depression hits everyone differently. It may look like the same case that bob has but bobette feels it differently. To her it’s that lacking of connection that gives her a depressing nature; others may even feel no better for ware. It is all about what anime can do for us that helps us to feel better. Bob may just feel happy coming home to watch his favorite show and know that no matter his struggles his show, Kill la Bob, will help give him something to smile about. Bobette on the other hand may just very well need something more; maybe a husbando to pour affection into. Everyone of us feels something different and each one of us has a different way of filling that void or curing those grey skies. It can all be worth while in the end as Anime often has a mystical base to it all that no other media has. That is not to say that this works for everyone. For some, it may even make matters worse or have no effect at all. In those events you wonder what is out there that can help? For one medical treatment may be an option. I am not saying to spend your way into a collection or materialistic means to cure your addiction. Just seek out actual help. You may benefit from it in the end. Reaching out to others in your family may also prove helpful and just as healing. In some ways, anime is that family connection that many are often looking for.

Now I know this topic is personal for a lot and indifferent to others but if you have ever had a situation where you took to anime for your depression cure, how did it work for you?  Feel free to leave a comment down below! We would love to chat more with you all on this delicate and personal matter! I have no issues talking about how much Toradora made me happy and helped me in a delicate spot in my life. One of the many reasons why anime has a special place in my heart.

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8 thoughts on “Discussion Point: Anime Helps Me With My Depression

  1. This is a amazing discussion. I did get choked up while reading this post. I am sorry you have been feeling this way. For me, I have been feeling blue myself the past couple of days. I think the good thing about anime is seeing your favorite characters have fun or facing something that looks impossible. I hope you get better, I know that depression is a bad feeling to have. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  2. I think it is great how this identity has helped you. When the time is right I’d like you to move outside anime and review its history and other implications. Take care!!

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  3. Anime and games, and even social networks thanks to the internet, is such a major helper. As someone who struggles with depression I’ve used them as reasons to stay alive when I hit rock bottom, saying I couldn’t die until I watched all the shows I wanted. I do believe it gave me strength to keep going, and the bonus is it’s not a toxic substance. There’s too many depressed people choosing drugs and alcohol to drown it out, and it’s sad :/
    You definitely brought up good points, and I do wish criticisers read this post. Everyone has coping mechanisms, some eat or buy things, as long as it’s not hurting anyone and helps the person, who the fuck cares?
    But I digress 😅
    I’d love to see more posts like this one in the future, but I understand if you don’t because it’s so personal 😊

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    1. Thank you for enjoying the post! I usually just try to pull out ideas that I feel would make for an amazing or at least interesting article.


      1. My pleasure~ (☆^ー^☆)
        I’ll say you’re successful in that then, I find them really interesting and thought provoking! (☆^O^☆)

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  4. I appreciate the sentiment in your article and how much feeling you poured into it, but I must confess that I respectfully disagree. For me, I had suffered from depression from some extremely pressing situations that tore my family apart, and anime was the outlet that I turned to. However, over the course of four years, I discovered that binging a show or obsessing over otaku culture to escape my problems only created more loneliness. From my perspective, finding shelter in anime when things get rough is almost the equivalent of a kid getting high on drugs or an alcoholic taking a couple of shots to relieve their depression. The sadness you feel will never be able to be taken away from the things of this world and coping by putting all of your hope into something else will only temporarily take away the pain. It’s your choice whether to listen to the advice that I give out of love and personal experience; I’d really hate to see you make the same mistakes that I made.

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    1. Nothing wrong with bringing to the table a totally different view perspective. While these discussion’s tend to have a bit of myself in them they aren’t indicative of me fully. More along the lines of providing helpful insight. Like wise having awesome comments like these that help to act as a counter balance are more than welcomed! I love this bit so much! With anything, even gaming we run closer to pushing ourselves into a deeper lonely state or isolation. I want these discussion points to be areas of interest to individuals who come to my website looking for answers or helpful comments. Thank you so much for adding your insight into the mix! : D

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