I’ve asked this question to myself hundreds of times.
The reason I got into anime was because of its amazing power to help me escape from stress and negative thoughts…. (mainly work related).
Health professionals may call it dissociation. Anime really does help you detach from worry and over thinking.
I found that watching anime in Japanese (with English subs) really helps me dissociate because I deal with my problems in English – never Japanese. The Japanese language is my ‘safe place’ where there is only happiness found and it turns off the negative feelings in my brain. It’s like my own fools paradise.
However, if you do have a problem with depression and anxiety always see your doctor… (as I have done).
Below is a YouTube video that addresses this very topic!
Enjoy the video and please share your thoughts in the comments below.