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Video Games May Help Depression

Updated on January 6, 2015

A study was published in the 2009 Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine that found that gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games and showed a noted improvement. So, this means that playing video games may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of stress and depression.

Video games may distract the mind from over thinking the negative thoughts that are associated with depression. While video games may be helpful to those suffering from depression, they may not be helpful if they are played in excess. Too much of anything may not be good for anyone. Playing games in moderation along with being responsible and participating in other hobbies and interests would be more beneficial as it would help create a healthy balance of activities in one's life.

Video games can be games that are not only played on a video game console, but also on a computer or phone. A simple word puzzle game played on a cell phone or computer may help keep a depressed person's mind busy with something more positive. These games may also help to lower stress levels. Playing games with other people can help with socializing and bonding, which may also help to lower depression.

Whenever I am feeling down or sick and I play video games with a friend or by myself, I feel like it is a good way to occupy my mind instead of focusing on the illness or feelings of sadness. It helps to share a fun experience with someone or if I am by myself, it gives me a little time to free my mind from worry and stress.

Games can give someone with depression something to look forward to when they are feeling down. Some games that can be played on a phone have rewards when you rack up points just for playing the game and also for achievements in the game. The points can be cashed in for gift cards, donations to charities or other items. Playing video games may feel rewarding to some people and rewards may be associated with more positive feelings.


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