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Video Games for Mental Health
“The market for these “brain fitness” games is worth about $1 billion and is expected to grow to $6 billion in the next five years. Game makers appeal to both the young and the older with the common claim that if you exercise your memory, you’ll be able to think faster and be less forgetful. Maybe bump up your IQ a few points.”-April Dembosky
Our Expert Opinion:
“While previous studies have shown differences in brain structure of video gamers, the present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase. This proves that specific brain regions can be trained by means of video games,” –Simone Kühn, PhD
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
While mental health issues are traditionally treated with therapy and/or medication, video games have been introduced to someday replace them. I have loved ones that suffer from ADHD and Autism, and I’ve seen how medications have affected their moods, behaviors, mannerisms and day to day functioning. The parent in me would, hands down, swap out medication for a brain game any day, if it meant not having to submit to drugs, while getting the same benefits of being on them. –Carissa Johnson, Director of Operations for PROJECT 37
Real Chat: Let’s talk about it
We are excited to bring you another Real Chat! This week’s story is from John Borland.
PROJECT 375: Do you have a daily ritual that you can’t live without?
John Borland: Special K with sliced bananas for breakfast. I surf the internet while I eat it. It is a chance for my brain to wake up in the morning. I don’t think about work or bills or my fears or worries or anything. It’s my little bit of personal space to start the day.
Find the full Real Chat here.
For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at E.Thieme@project375.org
“Peter was a beloved part of our suicide prevention efforts and we’ll miss him very much,” Kimberly Ledwa, a counselor and Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline volunteer, tells PEOPLE. “We are saddened that he was not able to find the help he needed as he faced his own challenges.”
A Cafe for My Son
“On the inside it looks like any trendy Manila restaurant with its colourful, modern furniture and patterned, cement floors. On one shelf sit imported marmalades and packaged risottos, and on another are bracelets and key chains made by autistic people.”
NPR on Stigma
“Participants answered a variety of additional questions, including how willing they would be to interact with someone with each disorder. For example, they rated their agreement with statements like, “I would be willing to work with a person with anorexia,” or “I think someone with schizophrenia is dangerous.”
- To be diagnosed with depression, a person must have experienced a major depressive episode that has lasted longer than two weeks. (nami.org)
- The emotional symptoms of bulimia include low self-esteem overly linked to body image, feelings of being out of control, feeling guilty or shameful about eating and withdrawal from friends and family. (nami.org)
- Exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, particularly in the first and second trimesters has been shown to increase the risk of schizophrenia. (nami.org)
- People with BPD are often treated with a combination of psychotherapy, peer and family support and medications to address co-occurring symptoms. (nami.org)
- Studies show a link between a mother’s cigarette smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy and children who have ADHD. Exposure to lead as a child has also been shown to increase the likelihood of ADHD in children. (nami.org)
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