People Say They’re Beating Depression By Playing This New Game On Their Phones
We get it. You’re probably bored of reading about Pokmon Go. So am I tbh, but you’ve got to take two minutes out of your day to read this incredible news.
The app (and if you haven’t heard about it by now you really need to re-evaluate your life goals) is helping people battle depression and anxiety.
The reason is simple, if you think about it: To progress in the game, you’ve got to get out of the house and interact with the world. Charizard and Mew don’t just appear in your bedroom, you know.
People are sharing their experiences on Twitter.
having pokemon go is really helping me, its genuinely getting me up and dressed despite depression
— Ad| BlackLivesMatter (@BiersackxBoone) July 12, 2016
Dear everyone criticising people for playing Pokmon GO: my girlfriend with depression, anxiety and aspergers is starting to adventure again
— quinn (@doofluffle) July 12, 2016
Pokemon go is so good for my depression and all the exercising keeps my anxiety low !! honestly I’m livin
— DISGUSTING (@Lion_M3ss) July 12, 2016
I know this sounds silly but #PokemonGo has helped me a lot with my social anxiety by encouraging me to go out more.
— Shep (@StickySheepu) July 10, 2016
Took another 4 mile walk and talked to 4 people along the way. #PokmonGo may solve obesity and social anxiety in one app.
— Allan (@AllanTries) July 10, 2016
#PokemonGO is gunna cure my social anxiety. Everyone has been so nice. People are not as scary as originally perceived.
— Captain Naomi (@CptNaomi) July 11, 2016
How awesome is that!?
Because the app is so new, experts haven’t had enough time to back this up with studies. But, psychologist John M. Grohol shed some light on whyPokmon Goishelping people.
Groholwrote on PsychCentral,
We already know that exercise helps greatly with depression (along with virtually every other mental health problem), but being motivated to exercise when you’re depressed is a challenge. That’s why an engaging game like Pokmon Go can be helpful.
Pokmon Go does this by encouraging people to get outside, take a walk, talk to others, and explore the world around them. Granted, it’s through their smartphone acting as an interface, but walking is walking, even if the motivation for doing so is to play a game.
For a person suffering from depression or another mood disorder, the idea of exercise can be nearly impossible to contemplate, much less do. For someone suffering from social anxiety, the idea of going outside and possibly bumping into others who may want to talk to you is daunting.
The psychologist adds there are so many apps out there developed for battling depression and anxiety which simply haven’t caught on. He brands Pokmon Go’s benefits as an “unintended consequence” of gaming.
So go forth, catch ’em all and leave those anxieties at home.
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