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Discover 5 games designed to help fight depression and anxiety

Some of the animations in games help people to feel more comfortable and calm.


Online games have been the lifeline of many people during the period of social isolation. According to a study done by the Xbox Research Accessibility Community Feedback Program, 84% of people stated that games helped with mental health in the strongest period of the pandemic.

“After a stressful day at the home office, there are those who find comfort in spending time in front of the television or computer playing something. It’s important to realize how beneficial this time is for mental health,” says Dr. Victor Kurita, (CRM 98008 SP), doctor focused on the physical and mental health of gamers. Thinking about it, the doctor separated five online games created especially to help people with anxiety and depression disorders.

Welcome Journey: created in partnership with associations of psychologists and psychiatrists, the game is properly made to make players aware of depression. There are four stages that go through the discovery, overcoming, hope and care phases.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice: the game was created from real events after the viking invasion of the orkney islands and the game character Senua travels to one of the worlds of nordic mythology. While her journey takes place, the game clearly shows how a person with anxiety and even episodes of psychosis behaves.

Sea of Solitude: the game takes place in Germany after a devastating flood and the main character, Kay, walks through the destroyed city all alone and alone. Among the monsters she fights, throughout the game it is implied that this all actually comes from the protagonist, who goes through a phase of severe depression, but sees a glimmer of hope with other artistic representations of light in the midst of darkness.

Heavenly: with an art more geared to what resembles the 80s, the idea of the game is to help Madeline survive her inner demons. This happens while she is on the journey of climbing a mountain to the top avoiding death. The 'fight' is of a person with anxiety and depression and makes the player empathize with the character, making it possible for her to reach the end.

flower: the game is not challenging, but is intended to bring good feelings and sensations to the player. Also without dialogues, the narrative arc is formed by visual and emotional arts. By controlling the petals that fly in the wind, the game is considered as a therapy for players with depression.

Although there are many studies that talk about how excessive use of games can be harmful to mental health, others debate exactly the opposite, as is the case of researchers at the University of Oxford, who relate the way of playing with well-being of the players. Matti Vuorre, one of the authors of the study, claims that games offer an interesting and satisfying alternative to the restrictive contacts of the pandemic.

“While lots of screen time is not recommended, online gaming can be very beneficial for mental health, both for reducing stress, supporting mental balance and helping with relaxation. They offer an escape, a chance to leave your daily worries behind for a while and do something completely different.” Victor.

About Dr. Victor Kurita

Graduated from the ABC School of Medicine, Dr. Victor Kurita has more than 20 years of experience in the health area, he is the son of oriental parents and had a very traditional education, motivated by his own history of overcoming gambling addiction. specialized in serving this audience. Through Integrative Medicine, Dr. Kurita has helped young people to overcome their challenges by balancing mental and physical health and encouraging dialogue between parents and children.



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