Games for Depression

Depression is a health care concern that is plaguing a significant portion of the world’s population. Clinical depression differs from just feeling depressed. It’s a long term condition that needs medical attention. Symptoms of depression, according to the Mayo clinic, often include

  • changing sleep and eating habits

  • constant insomnia or excessive sleep

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness

  • Irritability and annoyance over simple matters

  • Lack of interest or pleasure a lot normal activities like sports, old hobbies or sex

As the Mayo Clinic reports, although the symptoms of depression often vary from person to person, often, the general observation of a lack of interest towards life is present. With these symptoms, patients often have dysfunctional relationships with family and peers. Failing grades or poor work performance may also be observed. In some cases, depression leads to suicide attempts.

Sufferers of depression are not always monitored. This is probably because many cases are unreported because of the stigma that mental health issues cause. The National Alliance of Mental Illness in the US estimates that every person has felt depression at one point in their lives.

One therapeutic way of managing depression would be engaging in games. Often, sufferers of depression lose interest in activities and eventually lose interest in life altogether. Convincing them to participate in activities may improve their mood and help manage their feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Games may also help take their mind off depressive thoughts, and help them relax. Aside from these benefits, games could also be a form of exercise that may help with other health issues. A study by DL Hare in 2015 links clinical depression with CVDs – stating that individuals who are depressed may have a higher risk of developing CVDs.