Tag Archives: PTSD

This Game May Help Us Understand the Mental Health Toll of Being a Drone Pilot

Kill Box has ambitions that many players will find disturbing — it aims to put them in the shoes of both a Pakistani child and the U.S. drone pilot responsible for killing them. In doing so, its creators hope to draw attention to the mental health consequences of flying drone missions. Fast Company spoke with […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Step Into the Shoes of Swatting Victims, Antidepressant Users, and Others

Another Friday has come, and we hope the week leading up to it has been a good one! If you’re still looking for weekend plans, don’t forget to check out Indie Revolution Expo, where our own Suzanne Jakiw will be sharing mental wellness tips as part of the weekend-long stream. Now onward, to some of […]

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Weekly INT Boost: A Game Cafe Run by a Neuroscientist and Other Stories

  Welcome to our weekly INT boost, a collection of the best mental health-related (or adjacent) stories you may have missed this week. This week is, unfortunately, another week where the bad news may be feeling like too much. If it is, remember to take care of your own health, and help others if you […]

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‘Pry’ Gives Players a Look Inside a Life Touched by PTSD

  Pry isn’t much like other games. You might not consider it a game at all. Its developers call it an exploratory novella — interactive fiction, but without branching path or adventures to choose. All there is to choose is how you’ll interact with its imagery from moment to moment: whether you want the surface […]

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PTSD Study Takes Veterans Out to Ride the Rapids

Taking part in a PTSD study doesn’t sound like a particularly fun way to spend the summer, but a group of researchers at UC Berkeley is challenging that assumption with a whitewater rafting experience for veterans and inner-city youths. The study is led by Craig Anderson, a Berkeley doctoral student in psychology. Anderson and his […]

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‘The Face of PTSD’ Will Tell Veterans’ Stories to Tear Down Stereotypes

The Face of PTSD Indiegogo Trailer from Malka MG on Vimeo. A new documentary aims to show the reality of life with PTSD for veterans across America, a situation that too often involves dealing with stereotypes of violence and unpredictable danger. The Face of PTSD wants to help break down those stereotypes and show what […]

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“Triggered” – A Personal Response to a Popular Meme

Though it’s already fading from Twitch chat in favor of newer, danker memes, I’ve noticed “triggered” popping up in streams, chats, and comment threads for a while now. As far as I understand, at worst it is a snarky pushback at the concept of hyper-sensitivity as a cultural currency. But often it’s internet shorthand for […]

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Here to Help: How One Player Found a Kindred Spirit In Dragon Age

Last year I was hospitalized – I couldn’t go a day without breaking down into hysteric, full-body sobbing about how much I hated myself, and how everyone in my life would be better off if I was dead. And I really felt like dying was the only solution. Years of trauma built up and I […]

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New Bill Would Provide Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD

Last week, Republicans introduced a bill with what has to be one of the best backronyms to ever reach Congress: PAWS – the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act. But it’s not just a perfect name – it’s also a wonderful idea. The PAWS Act would provide funding and direction for a pilot program with the […]

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What is PTSD?

By Ryan Hamann, clinician, M. Psych. Sc. Lara was rethinking her decision. The last thing that she wanted to do was to explain her nightmares and flashbacks to a therapist. The unbreakable “tomb raider”, as she had come to be known, can scale sheer rock walls but cannot walk down the street without jumping at […]

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