Cara or C.C., whichever you prefer (ms_octopus_lady) wrote in thequestionclub,
Cara or C.C., whichever you prefer

SO! Last minute Christmas shopping to the extreme, I know, but bear with me here...

My brother has pretty bad social anxiety. He lives with my parents (I live on the other side of the country, but I'm home for the holidays), and spends his days sleeping, surfing the net, and playing video games. Needless to say, this makes me very sad.

I was originally planning to take him to his favorite restaurant for lunch while I was home. He has no trouble leaving the house when someone is with him, but the last few times I've taken him out to eat, he tends to start talking about how horrible his depression is, how he feels like he's so worthless, and other things that make me upset and stress me out. But I tell myself it's good for him and maybe it is? I don't know. Honestly, it doesn't seem to do much. We go out, he tells me how miserable he is, I get upset, we go home, and he locks himself in his room for the next day or two.

This morning, shortly after we woke up, we started talking about video games, and he told me he really wants Portal 2, but forgot to ask for it for Christmas. I could easily buy this for him on Steam, and I would really like to, because I love that game and I know my brother would fucking love the shit out of it, too, but I know if I do, I will only be enabling his social anxiety.

So should I get him Portal 2 or take him out to lunch? I can't afford both.
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