5 games that beat anxiety and depression
Since the last few years, the gaming community has tried to tackle depression and anxiety by creating games that are inspired by the struggles of mental illness.
The video games below have proven to have strong effects on improving mood and cognition:
In Elude, you explore a series of metaphorical emotional landscapes, moving through creepy woods and windy fields looking for “passion objects” to help overcome emotional obstacles
Actual Sunlight is a story about love, depression and corporation. It’s a text-heavy game that deals with the struggle of having to maintain relationships while dealing with social anxiety.
Warning: This game deals with themes like sexuality and suicide, so it’s not appropriate for kids.
In Flower, you play a series of petals in the wind, dodging around rocks, fields and windmills in dreamy landscapes designed specifically to soothe players into a positive emotional experience.
Sym is about a boy named Josh, who’s constructed an internal, escapist interior world in order to handle his social anxiety. Through platform puzzles and exploration, you have to guide Josh through a world built to avoid the world. Steadily, he moves closer towards the ability to overcome his fears.
In Aether, you play a young child on the back of a friendly monster, exploring a landscape of childhood anxieties and worries, looking for someone to relate to. You encounter small planets and monsters and try to help them solve their problems
So, what do you guys play to feel better?
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