Category Archives: Depression

‘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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A Game Developer Shares the Mental Health Risks of Seeking Validation in a Game’s Success

In this extremely personal and honest GDC 2016 talk, Framed director Joshua Boggs opens about his mental health. Boggs talks about how validation, attention and recognition were major goals for him in his game development career, and how the release of Framed sent him into a period of deep depression. That isn’t because Framed did […]

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Kristen Bell Shares More of Her Mental Health Story

Last month, Kristen Bell opened up about her struggles with mental health issues on Off Camera with Sam Jones. She spoke about her mother, who gave her an understanding of depression that allowed her to seek help without shame, and her grandmother, who was an early electroconvulsive therapy patient. Either that was the first step […]

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Study Shows That Online Training Can Help Prevent Depression

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” is a great aphorism, isn’t it? It’s the whole ethos of preventative medicine — exercise and eat well now, and avoid a host of health problems down the line. But when it comes to mental health, we often focus on preventing symptoms like panic […]

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VICE on Music, Mental Health, and All the Ways They Come Together

Music can have a massive impact on our mental state. Like many people, I keep playlists of music for specific purposes: music that helps me focus when I write, music that lets me get into character for Dungeons & Dragons sessions, music for when I want to relax, and music for when I need an […]

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Ketamine: Depression’s New Wonder Drug?

Ketamine is nothing if not controversial. Because its dissociative and anesthetic properties make it popular as both a recreational drug and as a weapon for human trafficking and sexual assault, the United Nations is considering a global ban. Many countries have already aggressively restricted it, including Russia. At the same time, it is the safest, […]

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