How Video Games Can Help With Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can be huge obstacles for many of us. Whether you’re struggling with mild depression and/or anxiety, or you feel buried by it, it can be challenging not only to discuss it with others, but finding a way out can seem nearly impossible. Luckily, things are changing, and more and more methods of treatment are being developed for depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related issues. What’s even more exciting is that people are starting to realize how helpful video games can be for those people who struggle with mood disorders or mental illness. That’s right, actual scientists and doctors are seeing medically beneficial reasons for people to play video games.

What a time to be alive, amirite?

But really, it’s amazing that science is starting to understand how to use video games to help people struggling with mental illness. Of course, as with anything, moderation is key here. We all know someone, have heard of someone, or have experienced gaming addiction for ourselves first hand. So while using a video game to help a person overcome anxiety or depression can be effective, it’s also important to keep tabs on and moderate the amount of game therapy being used. Don’t expect to find yourself heading home from therapy with a doctor-ordered 8 hour WoW session in your future. Sorry, kids.

You can find a variety of benefits from different types of games. Whether you’re just playing puzzle games on your phone or going all out with an Oculus Rift, there’s something out there to help assist you in managing your depression or anxiety.

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