Popular World of Warcraft streamer Asmongold has offered his Twitch followers a helping of honest wisdom regarding dealing with and overcoming depression, after one of his fans sought his advice on the subject.
The WoW Classic star received a donation during his October 9 broadcast from a fan who revealed they felt like they had severe depression after they discovered people they thought were their close friends had abandoned them, asking for Asmongold’s advice.
The streaming personality stepped away from the world of Azeroth for a moment to respond to the despondent fan, and suggested dedicating large chunks of time to Twitch stars might not be the best way to solve the problem.
“My advice is if you really have severe depression, stop donating to Twitch streamers, and stop living your life vicariously through Twitch streamers,” he said.
“Actually go out, and talk to someone who can help you and give you an actual prescription, because there might be a genuine chemical imbalance in your brain that’s causing your depression. Talk to someone like that, and go from there.”
Asmongold also added that he could have taken another route in his advice and told his fan to ‘suck it up’ rather than seek help, but added that wasn’t going to actually help the donator if he was suffering from the potential mental issue.
“I could give you my actual ‘bro’ advice — stop caring about everyone and everything, and just learn to hate yourself and be happy about it, but I don’t think that’s going to help you,” the WoW star explained, before adding that there's nothing wrong with seeing a doctor.
“If you think you really have severe depression, you have to talk to an actual doctor, not a Twitch streamer. I’m not a doctor, this is not my area of expertise at all, and that’s the f*cking truth.”
And at the end of the day, while Asmongold may not have dropped a groundbreaking pearl of wisdom for a quick fix like the donator may have been hoping, the message he delivered was one of the most important: seeking professional help is often the best option.
It’s a message that potentially needs to be spread to more Twitch followers, considering the WoW star isn’t the first Twitch personality to be called upon for insight into the topic by someone donating during their broadcast, and may not be the last.
Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel provided an inspirational speech for his fans after a donator asked him for suggestions, while streaming superstar Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm broke character and lifted the lid on his own battles with depression and anxiety to try and help a struggling fan.