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Thu May 20 21 02:07am
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Kevin, I'm so sorry to hear that you went through such a traumatic experience. I am really glad you are going to go to therapy.

I went through a traumatic experience myself in 2015 -- coincidentally two days after Iwata died, so it will forever be tied up in my mind with Nintendo. I live in NYC and I was actually at the Nintendo NY store to visit Iwata's memorial when I got the news that my mother had killed herself. I was already going through a divorce at the time and living alone for the first time in about eight years. Needless to say, playing video games or doing anything I used to like felt frivolous and did not make me happy. I tried to keep myself busy, and some of it worked, but I was a completely different person after that.

A few months later I started therapy, and my therapist turned me onto medication for depression. It's no exaggeration to say that therapy and meds saved my life. I would not be typing this if not for them. Now, almost six years later, I'm engaged to the love of my life and more content than I've ever been. I'm still in therapy and on meds, though. My therapist described taking meds not as something to cure me of any sadness but to "change my baseline" and that's absolutely what they did. I still live with depression and I'm still very much changed from who I was before, but I have control over my life again. Kevin, you can and will have this too, whatever you went through. Please keep your head above water and take care of yourself. We will be here to cheer you on.

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