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1/18/09 9:50 P

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Thanks for the replies. Sometimes it's tough for us to tell the difference between anxiousness and excitement. It's all that adrenaline rush and the feelings of excitement are the same as the feelings of anxiety, in some respect. :)


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1/18/09 7:15 P

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I haven't played video games in a long time, but I would get very anxious feelings, sort of a combination of an obsession, must play, must keep playing feeling, coupled with this very tight, stomach churning feeling on edge feeling. Which isn't my typical "anxiety attack" feelings exactly, but it's close to the trigger point for them, and it doesn't feel good. I still feel that way if I have to play cards against people. Also reading thriller/suspense novels brings on a similiar feeling for me. And group competitive activities.

I think it's totally the adrenaline levels - and maybe the difference in my feelings, is more of a physical reaction instead of an emotional reaction bringing on the physical reaction?

It's an interesting point that you bring up. I've never talked about it before, and really had no idea that others experienced that same things. I'm glad you did though - because I think before I had the tendency to think I was sort of lacking confidence for not being competitive, or not really into group activities and being a party downer for that reason, without realizing that I was avoiding things that stimulated me to really uncomfortable adrenaline levels.

Looking at it that way, kind of relieves me of feeling as bad about it. I wouldn't expect someone with a physical issue to take part in something that was really painful to them, so why would I blame myself for something that was the same, only emotionally?

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1/18/09 2:54 P

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Hi

The only things I can think of is perhaps there is some form of performance anxiety when playing games even if it is all in fun to play and not just to win. Also perhpas the stimulation from the excitement might increase anxiety. I really am not sure.

I know for myself I am anxious playing any type of game with other people, especially if it is higly competitive or something. Overall I have a difficult time playing games and tend to shy away from them. I know that's not always the right thing to do though. As for tense video games, I don't play video games, but I would think the higher the intensity level the higher the anxiety.

Perhaps try engaging in a new activity when the anxiety hits while playing a game. Go for a walk, read, listen to soothing music.

Hope this helps. Try and have some fun!

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I don't know if this has been discussed before but I would like to know if anyone's anxiety level gets higher while playing a video game. I find that if I play a nice relaxing game on my computer like solitaire, or some of the board games, I am fine. I feel relaxed. As soon as I play against or with someone on a tense video game (action ones), my anxiety level goes up and I sometimes even have the symptoms of extreme anxiety like before a panic attack.

I know the cause is probably the adrenalin rush due to the excitement of the game, but I'm wondering why it affects me so much. After all, it is only a game.


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