Just who is 0ptimystic?
Hello there! My name is Dylan Dzedzy, a.k.a 0ptimystic, and I’m a streamer, writer, and panelist that focuses on nerd culture, mythology, the gaming industry, and mental health.
0ptimystic spawned out of me writing for The Game Bolt, an independent gaming journalist website comprised of a small but dedicated staff of international content creators. My article series entitled, “Trigger Warning!” broke down how certain video games can be used to cope with mental illness and trauma. This spawned various ventures into being a mental health awareness advocate as well as an independent content creator.
I also study comparative mythology and depth psychology and use these practices to analyze the mythology of video games! While I’m working to further my studies, I will eventually be starting a series entitled “The Mythology of Gaming” as a way to use modern day mythological methodologies to analyze the stories of video games and how they relate to our greater world.
My goal as a content creator is to inform gamers, connect with others who fight psychological disorders, and to take a look at gaming in ways no one else has before. Gaming is not simply a passion for me, but a way of life. And I want to share that with you!
A Message from 0ptimystic
In 2015, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (manifesting in PTSD, OCD, Agoraphobia, and Panic Disorder), Major Depressive Disorder, and Adult ADD/ADHD. These diagnoses, although fairly recent, finally put a name and a face to issues that I had been fighting my entire life.
Like most people affected by disorders, I hid my inner-struggles from the world. Even my closest family and friends never knew that while I was growing up, I struggled with suicide, severe bouts of depression, anxiety, and self-harm. It wasn’t until I finally broke down in 2014 and started coming out about my problems that I started getting help. This helped me gain confidence in myself and eventually I started opening up about my illnesses and the circumstances that led to them.
I found out that opening up to others also gave them strength to pursue their own help. At first it was just friends. Then I started giving talks and now I’m open about the psychological disorders I suffer from on a daily basis. Through talking openly about my issues I have found that my personal witness to psych disorders gives other people strength.
So I have placed myself as an example to others that what’s hurting you on the inside is not something to be ashamed of, nor is it something to fear.
There is always help. There is always hope. Hopefully, you can get that through my message.