Tag Archives: bipolar disorder

After a Bipolar Diagnosis, a Comedian Finds Meaning in ‘Prey’

Over at Paste, comedian and author Brock Wilbur shares the story of how Prey (2017) helped him confront his newly-diagnosed bipolar disorder. It’s an essential piece of writing on games and mental health, so continue over to Paste to read the whole, substantial thing. But if you’re still reading this and yot haven’t already gone […]

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Combat AI Is Being Used to Treat Mental Health Disorders, and It’s Doing a Fantastic Job

It’s no surprise that some major advances in artificial intelligence come from defense research — that’s where the money goes, with over half of America’s research and development spending focused on the military. But as a recent study on treating bipolar disorder from the University of Cincinnati demonstrates, some of that research eventually makes its […]

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Why This Streamer Opened Her Channel Up For Mental Health Conversations

At their best, our online communities can be sources of strength. At their worst, they can tear us down and do their best to destroy us. Twitch streamer Alinity has found herself at both those extremes in recent years, and this month, she’s opening up about the experience. A week ago, Alinity shared the video […]

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How Night in the Woods Is Making Players Feel Less Alone

Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods is an interesting game, but it isn’t always a comfortable one. Mae Borowski is a difficult protagonist. She’s dropped out of school for reasons that aren’t immediately made clear. She has a troubled past. She makes bad choices. She’s dealing with a lot of issues. A lot of us […]

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Why Horror Games Need Better Plot Twists

When you’re coping with mental health issues, horror games can be a good temporary escape. There’s nothing like engaging in some safe, cathartic screaming to clear your head, right? Unless, of course, you’re screaming from the frustration of encountering yet another sloppy, stigmatizing portrayal of mental illness. Over at I Need Diverse Games, writer and […]

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Don’t Miss Patrick Rothfuss and Travis McElroy’s Frank Chat About Mental Health

If you are a certain flavor of geek, this is going to be an absolute must-watch. Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicle, and Travis McElroy, co-host of such beloved podcasts as Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me, got together on Twitch with Thera, a friend who chooses to remain slightly anonymous, […]

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The Shattering Plans to Explore the Personal Horrors of Mental Illness

Despite how often horror games lean on harmful tropes of asylums and madmen, actual mental health issues don’t get much attention in the genre. Some creators are looking to change that — developers like Kaitlin Tremblay, Ninja Theory, and now Super Sexy Software (SSS), the polish studio working on The Shattering. The Shattering will tell […]

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This Artist Explores the Dilemmas of Social Anxiety When You’re a Social Person

Artist Elias Ericson shares his struggles with bipolar disorder and social anxiety in this fantastic comic. He shares a lot more stories, both autobiographical and otherwise, on his website, so be sure to check them out. http://eliasericson.tumblr.com/post/139541139701/i-get-socially-anxious-from-posting-this [Elias Ericson]

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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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This Photographer Shares the Virtues and Vices that Helped Her Through Bipolar II Disorder

A photo posted by dejah (@greeneuphorias) on Jan 27, 2016 at 9:49am PST When you deal with mental health issues in the long-term, it’s often necessary to find ways to cope when times get particularly tough. In the best cases, we find healthy pursuits like exercise, creative expression, meditation and other activities with therapeutic benefits. […]

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