Category Archives: Depression

In This Comic, Holding On Has Its Own Power

Sometimes hope is hard to come by, and rescue doesn’t seem to be coming. When that happens, it might be all we can do to hold on. As this comic from artist Lauren Baldo shows us, holding on can also be enough. Even when we don’t expect change, it can find us. You can find […]

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In This Comic, Depression Is a Balancing Act

From illustrator Kotaline Jones, a comic about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of depression. You can find more comics and illustrations from Kotaline Jones on her website. Her work deals with mental health, sexuality, and self-discovery — and the occasional video game, too.

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A Look Back at Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Treatment of Depression

In a particularly deep cut for Birth. Movies. Death., Siddhant Adlakha takes a look at 1995’s best-known anime series: Neon Genesis Evangelion. While the article by necessity gets into topics of mecha, clones, aliens and the end of the world, that’s all in service of more human topics: depression, identity, and self-acceptance. Spoilers for Evangelion, […]

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This Beautiful Comic Tells a Story of Depression and Growth

Today, we have a comic from Claudia Rinofner to remind us to celebrate even the smallest signs of growth or recovery. This comic was originally posted on Rinofner’s website and is reposted with her generous permission. You can find more of her work at Polterink.

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‘Life Is Strange’ as a Lesson About Accepting the Past

Sometimes what developers put into their games is less important than what we take away. For instance, Dontnod Entertainment put a lot of thought into its portrayals of bullying, depression and suicidality into Life Is Strange, but that wasn’t what helped developer Jake Durasamy deal with his depression. In an article at The Sixth Axis, […]

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Building Empathy and Self-Healing: Game Development as an Awareness and Healing Tool

I’m tired and I don’t want to talk about it. Laying down on the sofa and scrolling around Netflix seems to be all I can do. Nonetheless, I can’t pick anything. All possible options look dull. Any physical movement seems like a waste of energy. I resign to watching the color white on the wall […]

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This Comic Reminds Us that Mental Health and Happiness Are Not Synonymous

http://thisishangingrockcomics.tumblr.com/post/114450083173/just-a-quick-sloppy-little-thing-cause-i-met-with Taylor-Ruth is an artist who shares her comics, poems and other work on Tumblr. Here, she offers us a good reminder that while health and happiness are both worth working toward, they are not always the same goal.

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Don’t Miss This Talk About Developing Games While Depressed

Way back at GDC 2011, game developer Michael Todd (Electronic Super Joy) stood up to talk about depression and game development. Haven’t seen it? Luckily, it’s still available for free in the GDC Vault. If you’re a game developer who copes with depression, you should definitely give it a watch — especially if you work […]

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A Beautiful Look at the Isolation of Depression and Anxiety

http://mareliini.tumblr.com/post/153139394292/a-comic-about-stuff Depression and anxiety aren’t often beautiful experiences, and this comic doesn’t pretend otherwise — but it sure does a gorgeous job of portraying the isolation so often inherent in those two very different mental health issues. It was created by Mareliini, a Finnish artist and comic creator. You can find more of their work […]

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