Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction


This is my first time here. Today I quit playing PC games for what I hope is the last time. I've been hooked on video games probably since I received my Atari 2600 for Christmas years ago. I have a great support system, and I'm seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist. I've been addicted to/hyper-focused on a number things over the years including cigarettes, alcohol, prescription painkillers, WH40k tabletop, Magic: The Gathering, craps, and blackjack. I've spent obscene amounts money, more than I want to know. I've been hearing from my psych and therapist that folks with bipolar often have trouble with addictions (though I'm not saying you have bipolar if your addicted to something). I battle with depression, though medication helps quite a bit.

I'm here mostly to say "Hi" and to offer a word of encouragement to my brothers and sisters here. I'm not afraid, and you don't need to be either. There are so many resources here and great strategies for coping.

God bless you all!


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Welcome Mike, glad to hear you're getting a grip on life and moving in a positive direction.  I have met several others in the meetings who deal with bipolar.  Recovery is possible.  See you around.

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Welcome to the OLGA forums

Welcome to the OLGA forums Mike !


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Hello and welcome Mike,

Hello and welcome Mike, Thanks for sharing!


I was also into magic the gathering and i know how addictive and expensive it can be!


I also have bipolar type 2, depression, aswell as gaming addiction.


I'm getting help with medication, CBT training and addiction support (OLGA, NA and CGAA). It has been very successful for me.

Now i live a normal happy life. Actually i'm very driven and hope to create a better future for myself financially, mentally, emotionally and physically.

I wish you the best on your game-free journey, and remember we are here if you want to reach out!



Never alone, go to meetings <3 Mumble voice meetings on cgaa are great, see you there <3


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Thank You For Sharing

Thank you so much for your success story! I am just beginning my healing journey so it's great to hear from someone struggling with these isues. Although computer games have been one of the worst culprits in my life, I've jumped between similar "cross-over" addictions like collectible card games, board games, tarot cards and RPGs. I can relate to the language you used about being "hyper-focused" on a variety of things over the years.

It looks like I've come to the right place!

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