Tag Archives: phobias

Why Does Subnautica’s Terrifying Alien Ocean Calm My Anxiety?

Like many people, I find the idea of the deep ocean terrifying. Unfathomable depths, strange, alien creatures — everything that makes Thalassophobia tick. So here’s a strange thing: the most calming game I’ve played in ages is a game about those unfathomable depths and alien creatures. Subnautica isn’t a gentle game. It starts with a […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Light Summer Reading

Looking for some light summer reading? Here’s a roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you’ve missed. This week, we have a new program offering therapy to people who wouldn’t normally be able to access it, a psychologist’s look at Hellblade, and more. Therapy for Everybody “Bishop is part of a unique new […]

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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 Creepy Illustration Series Is Starting Mental Health Conversations

For many artists, this month was Inktober, a time step away from graphic tablets and software and develop a daily habit of literally putting pen to page. Artist Shawn Coss, whose background work can be seen on the Cyanide and Happiness Show, has spent the month illustrating mental health issues in his signature dark style. […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Time to Quit Social Media for Your Mental Health?

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health-related stories you may have missed this week. Pondering a social media break? In love with your Apple Watch or Fitbit? Terrified of eternity? This week’s stories might just interest you. How One Twitch Channel Is Fighting Abuse in the Gaming Community “The four founders each struggled […]

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‘Please Knock On My Door’ Challenges Players to Be Alone, Depressed and Afraid

Please Knock On My Door isn’t the only game that aims to emulate the experience of depression–we can go back to Depression Quest, Actual Sunlight, or even 2009’s unsettling Every Day The Same Dream for that (all these games deal with potentially disturbing content). But developer Michael Levall doesn’t see the overlap as a problem. […]

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