Category Archives: Therapy

A Therapist Explains What Makes a Good Therapist

Looking for a therapist is a huge step, so it can be tempting to just stick with the first one you find – or at least the first one that doesn’t raise any big red flags. Our experts have some thoughts on how you can find a therapist and how to look for a good […]

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In This Talk, Dr. Jennifer Hazel Explores the Ways Mental Health and Game Development Practices Interact

When CheckPoint’s Dr. Jennifer Hazel spoke at GDC earlier this year, she was joined by Joshua Boggs, creator of the critically-acclaimed Framed. Boggs was there to talk about his own experiences with depression and alcohol abuse while developing his game. Dr. Hazel was there to help her audience understand how Boggs’ experience was common, and […]

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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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The Hottest Thing in Online Therapy is a Chatbot That Teaches CBT

Online therapy is a thriving field — with good reason. While research shows that face-to-face therapy can be more beneficial in a lot of contexts, online therapy is accessible to a lot of people for whom traditional therapy may be out of reach in cost or distance, or because of stigma. But where reputable online […]

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YouTube Stars Share the Benefits of Being Open About Mental Health

Streaming and creating videos about mental health takes a lot of courage. Opening yourself up to stigma by talking about your mental health issues, and doing it on camera in public? It’s scary stuff. So why do it? At VidCon 2016, five popular YouTubers took part in the Everyone Struggles panel to talk mental health, […]

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A Quick Guide to the Many Types of Mental Health Professionals

Do you know the difference between a psychiatrist, and psychologist, and a counselor? And if so, do you also know the difference between an LPC, LMFT, LCSW, PsyD, and all those other letters you might find following the names of therapists in Psychology Today’s directory? If you do, then our hats are off to you, […]

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How Therapy Helped a Reporter With His Witcher 3 Romances

Therapy can bring with it all kinds of surprises. For games reporter Nathan Grayson, one of those surprises was that the same issues that were complicating his relationships were also complicating his video game playthroughs. For Valentine’s Day, Grayson bared his heart to Kotaku readers, delving into the ways he sabotaged a recent romantic relationship. […]

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What Is Behavioral Activation, and Is It Actually Better Than CBT?

If you keep on top of mental health news, you’ve probably seen a lot of headlines this week about Behavioral Activation (BA), and how it has apparently been found to be better and cheaper than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The reason for those headlines is a recent study published in The Lancet. In a randomized, […]

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How to Get a Handle on Negative Thoughts

Over at Geek & Sundry, our very own Dr. B breaks down the concept of ANTs: automatic negative thoughts. ANTs can hold you back, keeping you from doing the things that might make you happy. As an example, imagine two people enter a party at the same time. Hypothetical Person A – who is definitely […]

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The Author of ‘Divergent’ Shares Her Solutions for Anxiety

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, took the time yesterday to write about her struggles with anxiety. In some ways, her story will be familiar to a lot of people who work in the games industry: she created something that her fans had strong opinions about, and some of them shared those opinions in […]

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