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How Do Mental Health Diagnoses Work? This Video Explains

For the most part, mental health issues don’t come with the extremely straightforward diagnostic criteria that many physical illnesses do. You can’t check for the presence of certain antibodies to identify depression or take an x-ray for anxiety. So how do psychiatrists and physicians differentiate between, say, sadness and major depressive disorder, or anxiousness and […]

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This Cheery Short Helpfully Illustrates Two Kinds of Anxiety

Fears from Nata Metlukh on Vimeo. Fear and anxiety aren’t always bad things. Anxiety on its own can be a very sensible response to danger, part of your body’s natural defenses. But when it keeps you from enjoying safe, everyday experiences, it can be a problem — and that’s when it has the potential to […]

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This Web Series About Mental Health in the Game Industry Will Become a Reality With Your Help

Mental health issues affect people in all parts of the video game industry, but stigma keeps so many of us quiet that it can seem like we’re each alone in our own struggles. CheckPoint, an Australian mental health non-profit, is fighting to change that with an upcoming web series about the creators and industry members […]

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Helping Friends With Empathy Over Sympathy

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo. A few months back, Doctor B wrote about the challenge of helping friends who are depressed for Geek & Sundry. He highlighted the importance of connecting and trying to understand without trying to solve someone’s problems. That’s what Dr. BrenĂ© Brown talks about in this segment of […]

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Bolster Your Well-Being With Emotional First Aid

Mental illness is as much worth treating as physical illnesses. As they say, you wouldn’t dismiss a broken leg as being all in your head, so why would you dismiss serious mental health issues? But what if we took that analogy a step further? Most of us won’t even dismiss a stubbed toe or paper […]

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What do violent games do to us?

A lot of us who’ve grown up with games have a knee-jerk reaction when anyone suggests violent games could increase aggression — no, of course they can’t, right? And it’s no wonder people get defensive about the subject. After all, it seems like every time a horrific act of mass violence occurs, the media digs […]

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3 Games That Do Mental Illness Well

Looking for a great rundown of the state of mental health in games? In this video, GameSpot’s Jess McDonnell lays out some games that take a nuanced look at mental health issues, including The Cat Lady, Town of Light and Actual Sunlight. If you’re interested in more games that deal with mental health issues, check […]

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How Reddit Users Coping With Psychosis Inspired Hellblade’s Creators

Ever found yourself twenty threads deep in some topic on Reddit that you didn’t even know you were interested in? Sure, it doesn’t seem like a productive habit, but as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s creative director Tameem Antoniades explains in this Game Informer interview, inspiration can come from anywhere. It was one of those Reddit rabbit […]

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How to Plan for the Stress of Game Development

Game development might be your dream job, but it’s still a job — and it brings a lot of stress with it. The latest video from Extra Credits addresses those stressed. If you’re new to game development or you want your next project to go better than your last, give it a watch. Knowing what […]

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Two Experts Explain the Therapeutic Benefits of D&D

Tabletop roleplaying isn’t just known for having benefits for its players — it’s being used for those benefits in therapeutic contexts. For instance, Dr. B works with social skills roleplaying groups through Aspiring Youth, something you may have heard him talking about on the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast. Wheelhouse Workshop is another Washington-based group […]

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