Category Archives: Anxiety

‘Marie and Worrywart’ Paints Anxiety as a Critical Friend Who Just Won’t Leave

Looking for a cute comic that’s all about how it feels when anxiety takes up residence in your life? Check out Marie and Worrywart. The 32-page comic is semi-autobiographical, according to creator Jenn Woodall. Marie is an ordinary young woman just trying to live her life, work in comics, and spend time with friends. Worrywart […]

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Why We Shouldn’t Trust Anxiety When It Tells Us We’re Not Capable

Anxiety is incredibly good at telling us all the things we can’t do, while painting a meticulous picture of all the reasons we’ll be forced to try and fail. But there’s a secret that comes from actually being forced to try: often, anxiety is just making things up. Rookie Magazine has a great new article […]

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Working Through Social Anxiety? Kindness Can Help

If you want to overcome social anxiety, it turns out kindness may be the key. Not the kindness others bestow on you, though. The kindness you share with others. That’s according to a study recently published in Motivation and Emotion. The study, led by two psychologists at the University of British Columbia, examined the connection […]

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This Relatable Comic Illustrates the Risks of Using Perfectionism to Outrun Our Issues

Illustrator Julia Scheele captures exactly what it’s like to handle anxiety by trying (and often failing) to maintain perfection in every area of your life in this 9-page comic. She also captures just how crushing that practice can be to creativity, productivity, and well-being. http://juliascheele.tumblr.com/post/142067140959/heres-a-9-page-comic-i-made-about-mental-health Scheele’s work often explores the weight and frustration that come […]

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Not Everyone Knows That the Fear of Anxiety Can Cause It

  It can be hard to explain the impact anxiety has on our lives. People think they understand–who hasn’t suffered from a case of nerves on occassion?–but it often hits us in more ways than most people realize. This video by The Mighty says some of the things that many of us aren’t comfortable saying–like […]

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Must Watch: Depression-Proof Studio Culture: A How-To For Mental Wellness, GDC 2016

Full disclosure: we’re a little biased about this one. Our co-founder Russ Pitts spoke at GDC 2016 last month, sharing his insights and advice about mental health and game development. At a time when crunch is once again on everyone’s minds, Russ laid out a plan for building a studio culture that encourages employees to […]

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This Webcomic Reminds Us We’re Doing Just Fine

http://saintzacharie.tumblr.com/post/139192311577/go-easy-on-yourself St. Zacharie is an ongoing webcomic about mental health, creativity and hope. http://saintzacharie.tumblr.com/post/140671016617 Sometimes it’s positive, sometimes it’s simply relatable. http://saintzacharie.tumblr.com/post/137933763387/i-trust-other-people-i-dont-trust-myself Mostly, it reminds us that we’re not alone.

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How MMORPGs Help One Gamer Get Through Anxiety

More often than not, when MMORPGs are talked about in relation to mental health, it’s not in a positive manner. Studies tend to focus on the problems that relate to playing MMOs excessively: addiction, social anxiety, and psychological distress, among others. But there are millions of MMORPG players in the world, and nearly as many […]

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Comic Captures Anxiety in Just Nine Panels

Illustrator Sophie Wright shares a brief comic about her experiences with anxiety. Not to be clickbaity, but panel 7 hits the nail on the head. http://snapdraws.tumblr.com/post/50082858616/apologies-for-the-terrible-image-quality-im

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Feeling Anxious or Stressed? Get Excited!

“Fake it till you make it” isn’t usually welcome advice for people dealing with mental health issues. Yes, smiling may improve your mood. When you’re deep in the throes of depression, however, being told to smile more can seem dismissive at best. Similarly, telling someone in the midst of a panic attack that they should […]

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