Should people with mental health issues play games?

Should people with mental health issues play games?
 

 
 
 
 

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Anonymous

Sure if they want to. I'm bipolar and I haven't killed anyone real yet.

Anonymous

i have aspergers(a form of autism) and i can play violent shooters or extremely graphic mmo's and it doesnt effect me, but there are plenty of "mental illnesses" that distort your sense of reality. so imho it depends on the person and the game

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They should stick to nintendo stlye unrealistic games.

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They should be restricted to games like Clifford the big red dog, Reader Rabbit, Tetris!

Anonymous

If it was a special kind of game, like you say, for relaxing, or even, games with content for a "mental training" or "psychological development" then it would be a good idea. Games with a tendency to provoke frustration, anger, depression, or games that are highly competitive wouldn't be good choices, considering that could make the person to feel stressed instead of relaxed, or make them feel any of the other feelings that I mentioned.

Anonymous

If they are in hospital it's doctors' decision otherwise it's people choice to do whatever they want. but if they mess up then there will be consequences for them.

Anonymous

I think that the person who is being treated for mental health issues should be able to .......However there are so many people who do not know or are untreated for thier issues is where the problem lies also i think a persons morallity plays a bigger role on what games they should play..thanks

PS I have Mental issues(war induced PTSD) and play Games as therapy.

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mental health issues is a very generalized statement! would 20 years of class A drug use come under that or jerking off to internet porn?

i would say that everyone has the right to play games.

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Anonymous

They should all be allowed and able to play. Restrictions should not be applied simply because they are disabled. This is somewhat the same as restricting them from walking on streets just because they may be unsightly, which is wrong. These people should not be restricted in any way from any thing.

Anonymous

I'm pretty certain that you meant to ask, should they be ABLE to play games. The way that the poll question was asked makes it come across as sketchy and judgmental, which I'm pretty sure you don't mean to sound like that.

Also people that get "angry" are not necessarily unstable and needing of psychiatric treatment. I myself am very competitive and occasionally let off a string of obscenities and get angry with the outcome. But that doesn't mean I'm not having fun playing the games that I play. I'm sure I looked like a raving lunatic when I used to fill the coin boxes in the arcade with token after token and get worked up over bad outcomes. I, (like you I'm assuming) grew up in infancy of Arcades. I remember playing on the original Atari console, ColecoVision(which Nintendo picked up) and Activision consoles at home. It's all to let off steam to keep from going berserk with the rapid changes of life since I was a kid. It really wasn't that long ago when you got in a fight that it was you and the other guy throwing punches and when it was over it was over. Nowadays people get shot. Or someone decides to get his buddies to help him.

I think that as long as there are no issues resulting from the enjoyment of games on console or PC, that there shouldn't be a problem with people(unstable or otherwise) indulging themselves in some good clean harmless fun.

I do not believe that games are directly responsible for harm perpetrated on innocent bystanders. Sure I've heard some of the excuses made by the rare criminal that games made them do it, but that's only the lawyer suggesting this to put on a competent Defense. Just like comic books drove little Billy to go on a killing spree or Rock music is a tool of the Devil and drove him to kill himself "blah blah". None of these things do that. The issues were already there and the human brain isn't simple to diagnose no matter who wants it to be. We always have to have an answer as to why something incomprehensible happens even when it's "just because", to feel alright with the world around us.

It's easy to point at something and say see this is the cause. But it wouldn't matter if the person was playing games or hunting or reading a horror novel or watching a movie(remember HEAT and that LA shootout back in the Early '90s?), because people do stupid insane things regardless of the escape. Heck after 9/11 there were a bunch of movies that were held back, because they were deemed to sensitive for Americans to watch. Imagine what might have happened if they were introduced to the public a week prior.

I think that games could be a good catalyst for treatment because it gives the health professional a way in to treat the patient if they are indeed in therapy at the time.

So I don't believe that it's a simple yes or no but everything in between. Limiting access only creates access to some other stimulus for the idle mind.

In fact, drugs are a lot more likely to cause an issue(including mental instability) than a single copy of Grand Theft Auto(I-IV) and on a MASSIVE scale.

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I agree that drugs would more likely be a cause to mental instability than just a few video games. However there are studies that show playing violent video games can also trigger a change in mental stability of young adults and that is often characterized as having pathological symptoms of addition or increased aggression, but this same effect can be done with any kind of competitive game.

Often these changes are nothing more than a minor mental disorder at best on both the macro level and the biochemical level, but that still does not mean children or adults that show signs of mental illnesses should not be limited to their exposure level of some types of games in order to help them stay healthy.

None-the-less if their was ever a real need to have such a control over what the mentally ill can play we would have done something about it 30 years ago. As it stands now we already have a system setup that prevents kids from buying games without parent permissions. How long or what a child plays falls on the rights of the parents and no one else. And people with mental illnesses I hope are already in the system under some sort of supervision.

So as it stands here and now there is absolutely nothing that needs to be changed in regards to people with mental disorders and video games. And besides I'd rather have them killing people in games than in the real world. :)

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Anonymous

As it was said here before, it all really depends on the type of mental illness the person has, and of-course his personal taste.
I would say though that in 90+ percent of the cases it would be no problem at all for someone like that to pla ygames.
I actually have some experience with people having "mental health problems" and I can say that in any case I witnessed those people can undoubtedly play video games with no danger to their problem. that includes people having psychotic attacks.

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depends

Anonymous

This poll is far, far too simple. "Mental health issues" can describe thousands of different diseases and disorders ranging from psychopathy to learning disorders. At the same time, there are just as many different types of games out there spanning everything from Angry Birds to Silent Hill. To make a blanket statemtn saying that it is right or wrong for people with one of these thousands of disorders to play one of these thousands of games is outright ignorant. Some disorders may be agitated by games, most will not. Some games may depress people while others ar euplifting. This really isn't a fair poll, because it does little but promote discrimination. (Hint, I'm a psychologist.)

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Please don't over-analyze this Poll Video as something else, because it's not.

Oh, this topic was just in the news here (Canada), so it's a current topic and interesting one for the gaming community.

There's also the question, "Does gaming cause mental health issues?", which will make another interesting poll: http://www.google.ca/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=metal+health+and+gaming&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=f3df2772e574cbb8

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Anonymous

Yes big Issue and very complex in the kind of Person and kind of Game.And if you do the Professional gaming or the Newbie, which sometime play a round.It give Games were you are under Pressure and Stress and it give Games which are relaxed and let Chill.
I know a psychologist which got a Computer for Gaming in thier Chillroom.And many Psychologist are Newbies in Gamescene.
Same for the Player when he is good or bad in the Game,at least it is not the Gamer who play fair in the "Multiplayer".The Endresult is to have Fun in the Game.
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Anonymous

depends on the illness, mental health is too broad..

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Mental Illness is pretty broad, there have been certain games designed to help certain issues like Post Traumatic Stress disorder with Virtual Reality. It's not the games responsibility to warn its content its the people who market it. But has anyone seen the "Mom's hate Deadspace 2" videos?

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Everyone should have the right to play games.

Obviously if it makes them depressed they won't be playing very much.
Violence/rage is just something the individual has to deal with.

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Tivon is watching you Anonymous poster... angry

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I rage if I play too long lol. Like so many other things, gaming is best enjoyed in moderation.

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Anonymous

I completely agree with you. But if you do stay on and you rage, and then you complete whatever you were stuck on, it's like the best 'yeaaah!!!! wooooh!!!' relief in the world. :P

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According to the health experts we should only game about 2 hours a day max. They have obviously never quested for their epic gear. :)

Anonymous

I either end up not gaming at all on like 6 days a week, and then there'll be one day where I game for like 4 hours.

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I myself have mental problems and therapists are very fed up with "video games are only bad" but i disagree. A video game can be used for people that have violence issues or have depression issues, there have been studies of this and the results were variating from each person. But the biggest problem is that some can be obsessed with a game and make it go overboard and that needs to be controlled.

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I have mental health issues. It honestly depends on the person and how the games make them feel. With my anxiety and depression playing games for even short amounts of time allows me to stop thinking about my problems and feel sort of normal. I have some anger issues from time to time. To deal with those sorts of problems playing L4D2 and pretending that the zombies im killing are people who have angered me. Again, who hasnt played a game and pretended it was their boss, mother in law, or annoying neighbor that they were beating? It helps with stress.

Now on the other side of the issue. If someone is very suggestive to ideas it may be bad. If somone plays GTA and thinks its ok to go rape and beat women while stealing peoples cars, it may be a poor choice to play. If someone thinks that picking up a weapon and going crazy in a shopping mall is a good idea after playing a similarly themed game, again it could be a bad idea.

Thats my thoughts. As with most areas of concern with safety and well being, it usually is a case by case determination. What works for one person may traumatize another.

Anonymous

I've got schizophrenia, aswell as anxiety disorders, and I no longer have issues with games.. But when my symptoms started at that time I would get extremely paranoid and anxious playing scary games like Doom 3 or FEAR.. But now its no problem..

Anonymous

I've got aspergers, anxiety, depression, and possible signs of dementia. I know I've been playing video games since early life, and video games are the only things that relax me. At the same time they're the only things that can cause more frustration then women even. I'd have to say that video games have ruined my life, but I can't say as though I know of anything else to do with my time. I lost track of most of my friends after high school, and the only way I keep in touch with them is by playing games with them; Even though they moved on to Xbox while I refuse to move from my pc.

Anonymous

Only if the person can differentiate reality from fantasy

Anonymous

stopping people with problems from playing games is a daft idea, they're no more influential than television or some books. if someone is going to go off the rails, arbitrarily removing one potential source would be pointless, as something else would set them off. also i find this slightly offensive as someone who has had problems in the past.

Anonymous

and yeah everyone gets angry at their computer/games quite often, thats normal! :)

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Lost a few keyboards over the years from gaming rage. Some times the kids with their hacks just get under your skin and you want to reach into the monitor and break their necks. lol

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Really depends on the person. Even though I don't have any mental disorders (I think) I do get pretty pissed off or stressed sometimes xD But that's just natural for a true (budget)gamer xD

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hehe
Ye i agree depends on the person and what problem that person have.