Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

I’m sipping on this toxic cocktail of social anxiety and perfectionism all the time.When it’s come to “expectations about these social obligations,” she says, “the pressure is off in a lot of ways.” Although there’s been an overwhelming need for anxiety and depression services during the pandemic, Brown says, her clinic has noticed that patients who struggle predominantly with social anxiety haven’t been seeking treatment.

Why You Stay Up So Late, Even When You Know You Shouldn’t

Why You Stay Up So Late, Even When You Know You Shouldn’t

The idea of sleep procrastination was first introduced in a 2014 study from the Netherlands, defining the act simply as “failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circumstances prevent a person from doing so.” Revenge was added to the title in 2020 with the onset of the pandemic, but as a concept, it has actually been around for much longer.

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

These trauma-informed teaching strategies had two functions: to understand why kids act out, disengage, or struggle to succeed in class, and to create a community where they feel cared for and heard.

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

The peer-reviewed journal Games for Health focuses closely on these topics, and in a recent paper collected the findings of several reports focusing on the effects of “simple, easy-to-use, casual video games” (think Plants vs.

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

From January through September of 2020, the number of people who have taken MHA’s anxiety screenings has increased by 93 percent over the entire previous year.A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation in July 2020 found that 53 percent of adults said the pandemic had a negative toll on their mental health.

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Somehow, I found a way to cope, to redirect my mind away from my pain, both physical and mental, and focus it on something fun: a mobile game.

The Best Distraction From News and Social Media? Foreign Films

The Best Distraction From News and Social Media? Foreign Films

The smartphone, even when it’s face-down on a table just out of arm’s reach, can be a constant source of distraction and general anxiety, offering countless technological reminders that the real world still exists—ultimately making it impossible to escape into whatever universe appears on screen.

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions.“Compare that to somebody who has measles and sneezes, the virus then clings to particles that hang in the air,” says Yasmin.

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Amidst the millions of social media users is a sizable chunk well-acquainted with what I’ll call “post-post anxiety.” It’s a dreadful malady, really; with symptoms that come on after you’ve fired off a tweet or pic that is, on second-thought, offensive or unflattering.

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

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Low-Battery Anxiety Is Real. So Is the Solution

Low-Battery Anxiety Is Real. So Is the Solution

According to Malte Jung, who studies human-robot interactions at Cornell University, the issue with electric-vehicle range anxiety is less that people are uncomfortable with battery power and more that our devices seem to lie to us.

THC! CBD! Terpenoids! Cannabis Science Is Getting Hairy

THC! CBD! Terpenoids! Cannabis Science Is Getting Hairy

It’s called the entourage effect: THC, like a rock star, only reaches its full potential when it rolls with a crew, consisting of hundreds of other compounds in the plant that scientists know about so far.But the problem with researching a schedule I drug is that the government doesn’t want you to do it.

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

How Searching Nails Our Online Anxieties

It’s a thriller in which the shocks are delivered not by slowly opening closet doors, but by a series of quickly clicked-open windows.Had Searching director Aneesh Chaganty been trying to create suspense in the same way 20 years ago, it likely would've felt as clunky as a teen's Livejournal—and probably wouldn't have made sense to half the audience.