ARP 324 - Explaining Depression via Games

The American Psychiatry Association defines depression as loss of interest of activities once enjoyed, and that the symptoms must last longer than two weeks before an official diagnosis.

There isn't just one kind of depression and they don't all generate from the same source. 

For people that have not experience depression, it is really hard for them to understand. Or they try to related to something that has no relationship to the actual condition. 

You can tell they don’t know about when they offer responses like, “you just have to get out of yourself. 

So this episode is a two-fer. It is for people that have an anxiety condition that may or may not have a side order of depression. You'll need info on what is is and some of the treatment options.

And, if you need a friend or loved one who doesn't connect with what you are experiencing, there are games and simulations that can help them get a glimmer of understanding.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

There is a story from New Hampshire Public Radio about a meeting at Dartmouth University with the current and prior Surgeon Generals meeting to talk about the need for ‘stronger communities’ to address mental health crisis. 

The Verge article about Google shutting down the podcasting app. Option 1 is to move over to the YouTube Music App. Option 2 is to find another podcasting application.

The American Psychiatric Association has information about depression, the various types and some of the treatment options. There is also a short explainer video to help those that take in information visually.

Celeste is a game where Madeline journeys up Celeste Mountain with her anxiety. There is an 8-bit version that can be played on the website. The modern version can be found on various playing devices.

Actual Sunlight, a game/narrative about the experience of depression. You also can find it on Google Play, Nintendo, Switch and other gaming platforms

Depression Quest, old school web based HTML journey of depression and discovery. 

The Braaains podcast if you want to know more about that tasty organ known as the brain, mental health issues disability representation. The podcast also shows how the topic is reflected in tv, movies and media. 


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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.