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11-25-2008 @ 2:36PM
Nice interview. It's good to hear that WoW offers such a good outlet.I'm kind of wondering if WoW is helping this person, and not acting as an enabler. If you have social disorders that hamper you're ability to work, eventually they'll hamper ability to eat. You have to learn to deal with people so you can interact to some extent.I assume this person lives at home; at some point these problems will have to be faced and dealt with so he/she can get a job. Hopefully you're in professional help. Best of luck to u and happy raiding :)
11-25-2008 @ 2:58PM
Well said.Nice to hear that someone is able to rise above their limitations online, if no where else. That said, readers should be aware that not everyone they meet with anxiety disorders are as disabled by them as this individual currently is. Many are able to live a productive life eventually through the help of therapy, coping techniques, and medication.I say this not as an insult to the player mentioned, but just to avoid seeing readers come away from this article with a stereotype that all people with an anxiety disorder are unable to work or find other things in their life to feel good about.Best of luck to the player, and please continue to seek professional help with the goal of making all of your life as rich as possible. Its great that you are able to get a sense of accomplishment from your involvement in WOW, but don't let the lure of the game steal time that could be spent developing ways to develop your potential outside of it.
11-25-2008 @ 2:56PM
Hi Tom,This is Kalzedhan. I do try to get out of the house as often as I can. I am legally disabled and am being seen regularly by a couple of doctors and am on medications. I was tanking classes medical terminology and business administration a few years ago - but I had a major panic setback out of the blue and was unable to complete the course. Recently I did own a game store, but that went under after three years. I babysit for a friend when she needs me (19 month old), but her husband is out of work, so he watches the kid while he is looking for work. I am currently looking for work that I can do, that isn't stressful and can work with my other disabilities. In the meantime, I try to do as much of the housework as I can.Thank you to everyone who has given me such a positive response! I am...stunned and pleasantly overwhelmed by all the positive comments I have read so far. This has made my day!
11-26-2008 @ 11:10AM
You're making a grand assumption that he needs to work in the first place. He's married, and it follows that perhaps she's the bread winner in the family.It's considered acceptable for a man to support a disabled wife, but the reverse situation is usually thought of as "incorrect". He used to own his own business (RPG game shop). His disorder now prevents him from doing anything outside. There is no logic to it, there is almost nothing that can be done to fix it. "Normal" people cannot understand panic disorders, so assuming that he just needs to fix it so he can "go get a job" is short sighted and a tad ignorant.It's obvious they are doing fine as an economic unit. They can afford a computer that can play WoW and an XBox + TV and Internet. On a World scale, that's a pretty high standard of life.
11-26-2008 @ 12:44PM
I didn't read the article as well as I should have, so I didn't realize he was married. I'm well aware that woman can make money and support a family. I know I'm ignorant and short sighted, but I'm well aware that mental disorders can't just be "fixed". I simple mentioned a hope that he was in professional help. Kalez writes that he is, and I get a very positive feeling by his comment.Xbox+tv+WoW may be rich by world standards, but it doesn't tell me much by U.S. standards, which is where I assume he lives. I was just just making a devils advocate observation about MMO games being a substitue for RL social interaction. No need to make such defensive comments.
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