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Wil Wheaton on Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Depression, and RecoveryWheaton for Project UROK

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  1. 28 June, 2015, 15:55

    I’ve tried to reach out to Wil, and figure this is worth a shot. I don’t know if he’ll ever see this, to see his impact, but I hope he does. I realize this video was aimed at teenagers, but I’m in my 30’s and this brought me to tears. I’ve seen myself falling into a hole. (I like to think of it as the hole ET falls into in that stupid Atari game.) I’m scared. I’m scared nobody sees. I see myself picking fights that should be non-issues. I see myself not appreciating the wonderful boyfriend I have. I can’t seem to be able to stop those things from happening. I’m scared of myself. I had no idea Wil was getting treatment for anything. I’m glad Anne was able to help him seek help. I don’t think I have a person like that. Maybe I do and I haven’t hit bottom yet. Wil’s video came out at the absolute perfect time for me. I was thinking that there’s no way my “normal” is really what everyone else experiences. Wil, your description hit home so strongly. It felt like… I don’t know. But thank you. Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for saying I’m not alone. Thank you for saying I’m ok.
    I don’t think I am, but I will be. I’m finding a doctor this week.

    • 29 June, 2015, 23:16

      Hi there, I don’t know your name, but I just wanted to say I’m so glad you’re finding a doctor this week! Please go through with it, you won’t be sorry. I also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and completely recognized myself in Wil’s description of his experience; the loud room, being worried all the time, even when there was “nothing wrong.” It was awful, but I’m doing so much better these days. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your comment on Wil’s video and to tell you that you’re not alone. I got help, I described my symptoms and experience to my mom and SHE got help… it’s worth it. YOU are worth it. You’re going to be okay, and I am so glad you said something.

      • 9 October, 2015, 18:13

        i was diagnosed with multiple disorders when i was very young, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome, Chronic Depression, Anxiety, i am 28 now and i have always felt it was something i had to hide out of fear of not being accepted or being out-cast i feel very uncomfortable around groups of people (even people i know) i always feel like they are judging, talking/scheming behind my back (when they were most likely were not) this had led to me becoming very apathetic, anti-social and introverted and is something i have recently decided to try and face and i am glad there is a place like this where someone like me can finally share with people in similar circumstances (maybe my issues are not that bad but it is good to know there are people who understand)

        • 13 October, 2015, 19:08

          Thanks, Adam! We’re so glad that UROK has helped you. We hope you keep watching our videos and would love for you to even submit one of your own. U ROK!

    • 29 June, 2015, 23:19

      You are ok even if you cannot feel it right now.
      I just saw Wil’s video and as you said it hit home. I’ve lived with chronic depression my entire life (55) and didn’t realise it until I was around 27…and I’m still here!
      Please do talk to someone. Anyone. Everything is going to be ok. You are ok. Love and light your way.

  2. 30 June, 2015, 20:50

    Will’s video touched my heart, as he describes what my son went through at a very young age. We knew at the age of 5 he was OCD and anxious, but he started having panic attacks and having suicidal thoughts at 12. His reactions about life were just like Will described, and we fearfully decided to get him medication at this age. After about a week of meds, he came home from school and said, “Mom, this was the best day ever! The kids at school were actually NICE to me!” It wasn’t that they were any nicer than usual — he could now see that they WERE nice, and weren’t attacking him IN HIS MIND anymore. He’s now in college, living on campus, and living the life we’d always hoped he could have. Thank God for therapy, meds, and places like this who let kids know that what they’re going through can be better, and WILL be better, if they reach out and let someone know they need help. Mental illness can so easily be hidden — let someone know!

  3. 1 July, 2015, 19:22

    This has been my exact experience. Thank you so much for telling your story. Last night I was experiencing emotions about something and I talked about it with my partner and settled on a solution to a problem. This is the first problem this year that has had a solution. I cried because I did not devolve into a paranoid heap, convinced of my own worthlessness and destruction; instead I was able to work through it. I’m so grateful.

  4. 2 July, 2015, 16:34

    Thank you for reaching out and being so articulate about the way depression can feel.

  5. 12 July, 2015, 00:14

    Always been a big fan of Wil and it is always understandable that this never would be publinc knowledge. Even still was very suprised to know about some of these thing and how much i actually can relate to what he is talking about, especially when he began talking about it just being him existing in a room with noise. This is much of what i feel day to day, i have never really though self harm or anything, but I have a hard time enjoying life to the fullest and just feel like I exist. I go to a psychiatrist, but through the student organization where I study, a very good one i might add, but i feel that it to hard to tell someone that I am sitting there opposite to, even though she gets payed for it, and talk about what i feel is problematic in my life. Even still since my studies have hit a rough spot (nothing to bad i might add) and i might just quit my studies and begin working full time instead, this would also mean I will lose my student privileges and this means i will have to pay more than i can afford to continue going to the psychiatrist. So yeah, I just needed to tell this to someone that might relate and this website felt like a good place.

  6. 8 November, 2015, 19:11

    I don’t know if Will will see this, but I hope so. What he says is SO IMPORTANT! I lived, drowning in depression, until I suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly 20 years ago. It was that injury that made me realize the difference between life and living. I had been on andidepressants for a compulsive disorder (trichotillomania – I pull my hair out) for the better part of a year prior to my TBI. Yet I was still depressed. So depressed, in fact, I would sit in front of a mirror and shout, “I hate you!”
    It was only after I was fighting to learn to walk again and to remember my day to day life that I came to recognize how precious each moment was. I came to appreciate what I could offer the world. I started to laugh at my limitations. It took nearly dying for it to happen, but it happened. I’m glad I came to see this.

    I hope no one has to endure what I have since that day… (I had just graduated college, but couldn’t do what I studied for… I had to learn to walk and think…
    I was on and off and now back on disability…
    I’ve had 7 brain surgeries for the epilepsy my brain trauma gave me, but I’m alive…
    I’m 45, on SSDI, and live with my father.

    I hope we can each come to see we are okay! We are valuable!

  7. 17 August, 2015, 20:55

    We would love for you to make a video!

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