You are not the only person in the world who has anxiety. You are not the only person in the world who has depression. You’re not the only person in the world who has thoughts of self-harm. There are people who want to help you. There are people who have spent their entire lives helping people like you and me and all of the...
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catdad:
Yes, thanks for sharing.  I admire you for speaking out on the subject.  Hopefully, it will help others.  That's similar to my experience.  All of my emotional energy was spent just getting through each day.  Therapy alone never quite got me over the top, but the addition of meds for a couple of years in my early 30s gave me the emotional breathing room to affect change in my own life, primarily a new job and more financial stability.  I in no way have my shit completely together, but depression no longer weighs on me.  I also know I'm lucky that the first med I tried worked wonders.  A lot of people struggle to find one that helps them.  But, everyone should get psychiatric assistance in addition to meds to help change their thought processes and break down poor coping mechanisms.
vertabreak7:
Riding the roller coaster one day at a time...Nice to know we are all OK when we loose out shit, its just worse when it happens in public...

I’m terrible at mornings. As long as I can remember (and according to my mother, even when I was a baby) I was a nite owl who preferred to go to sleep at 2, and wake up at 10. For whatever reason, that’s the way I’m wired.

When my kids were little and the whole time they were in school, Anne and...
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jozsef:
That's wonderful and in all seriousness, reading this made golf seem like it could be fun, which I never before imagined as a possibility. I won't be as good as you of course, but I might give it a whirl one of these days. ;)
noend:
i loved reading this

I came across this fantastic article at The Guardian about RPG books as, well, books (as opposed to game manuals).

“By putting aside simple narrative storytelling and replacing it with detailed description, the RPG offers the total immersion in an imaginary world so valued by geek readers. The elaboration of leading characters, political factions and major historical events is sometimes a very dry exercise in...
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atae:
Inspirational to create some too. 
catdad:
I have no interest in playing Eclipse Phase, but love the game universe and keep buying the books just to read.  I think it would be a great MMORPG setting. 

I’ve been playing a lot of video games for work (I can’t say exactly what, but I should be able to pretty soon), so in addition to being late to the party on Journey, I’m also late to the party on God of War (I know. I know.).

These games couldn’t be more different, but I loved them both for their...
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wizard0:
I would still be playing The Bard's Tales series and The Eye of the Beholder series if I was able to.  Sooooo many hours of my life were sucked up by them.

For weeks, I’ve been a wreck. The stress dreams were relentless, my appetite was unpredictable, and I got massively sick for the first time in years.

My depression and anxiety have been as bad as they’ve been in months, and it’s been a challenge to get to the end of every day.

This is pretty normal for me when I care deeply...
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catdad:
Congrats! 
sanitariumlxix:
After suffering through hell like that, it makes success all that more sweeter.  That kind of pressure is no stranger to we creative types.

Here’s another one from my Tumblr ask thingy:

ditrysia asked:

Hey Wil. Do you have any advice/tips for people with anxiety to calm down when they feel they are starting to freak out and might have a panic attack? I don’t know if that particularly happens to you but you seem to know a lot about dealing with mental health. Thanks.

I...
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sanitariumlxix:
Thanks for this, Wil. The RATIONAL/IRRATIONAL is what I struggle with daily
lenoira:
This was an amazing read. I don't take medication anymore, coping is easier than it used to be. 

I once played a great game of Microscope with some friends, where we were telling the story of a colony that arrived in a foreign place, tried its best to establish itself, but was ultimately destroyed by a native species. Some of the rules were that it existed in a liquid state, we had no high technology, and that we didn’t know where we...
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catdad:
Hope you continue to improve.
sid:
Get well soon, Wil!  Being sick sucks so much.  Personally, my immune system is incredibly terrible.  Like any time I go out around a crowd of people, I end up sick.  I always get con crud too!  I hate watching other people being sick too.  It makes me feel so badly for them.  I hope you're on the mend!  Also, I owe you a beer at San Diego Comic Con this year since we missed each other last year!

So I do this ask me thing on the tumblr thing, and this came up today:

methodoflogicalmadness asked:

Which format of D&D would you recommend for a new playgroup? I have previous experience with Pathfinder, but we are considering jumping into 5th ed. From what I've gathered, 5th ed. streamlines many features with its advantage/disadvantage system, but I was wondering if there...
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wizard0:
I would still be playing the Eye of the Beholder games, and the Bard's Tale games, if I had a computer they would work on.  There's always something about some old school D&D though, with a character sheet, a pencil and some dice.
man_of_grogg:
Still gotta throw back to add 2nd ed. I love you whil wheaton and all things you stand for btw. 

Patrick Stewart and I were participating in a charity auction. We both had our TNG uniforms to put on the block, and a room filled with over a thousand people was waiting for us to bring them onto the stage … but I couldn’t find mine. I searched a seemingly infinite number of closets in a hotel room that seemed to change size and configuration...
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reaper:
Had a similar event happen to me this past night, and I heard of a couple other individuals experiencing it too after a long break. Perhaps the celestial bodies? The moon seems always in cohorts with my mental illnesses. Anyway, I'm sorry. That truly fucking sucks. 
soopknertzi:
Don't know about the moon, but seasonal changes can affect mental issues. Mucks up the hormones. Increased daylight throws off the groove.  I just spent about two weeks waking up every two hours for no reason. Best thing to do is the most obvious and hardest: do not stress about sleep. Whatever it takes. I use an alarm clock and do not open my eyes until I hear NPR jazz. Friend of mine mentally runs through her yoga routine until she nods off. Keep a benadryl by the bed in case you need a mild knockout. Lastly, try replacing "this isn't fair" with "fuck it. I'm sleeping anyways." Use dismissive language instead of frustrating/angry. 

Still makes me bounce around as much now as it did in 1990.

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wilwheaton:
@coventry My work here is done.
coventry:
@wilwheaton You are the best/worst.

We are living in a world where Torro is not pink. This is not right at all.

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catdad:
Not my fault.  I loved all of her sets. I blame management.
totem:
I know right.