Was in therapy or counselling from age twelve through eighteen, due to bullying igniting temper problems in Year 6 (Aus). Starting high school, the temper issues faded giving way to anxiety, depression and hypervigilance. I was diagnosed with Depression and General Anxiety Disorder between Year 8 and 10. I don’t remember much from those years, possibly due to the mental health issues. I was prescribed anti-depressants sometime during this period, and taken off them due to inconsistency with taking them, and the ineffectiveness stemming from that. I was placed in a program that treated children and educated parents called DEPTH.

In the program I especially learnt to ride emotions out, not letting the lows get too low. After high school, I have not been in regular therapy, although I have sought one-off appointments at crisis times.

What Gaming Means To Me

The judgement free, worry free community. School is such an unforgiving place, everyone is terrified of everyone else, most are simply hoping to slip through unnoticed. Games provide a place to interact without worrying about someone preying on your clothes, looks, or personality. In particular, they let me interact while recuperating what school took out of me.

by Lindsay Richards

Jennifer Hazel

I’m a psychiatry doctor and passionate gamer. I run a resource called prescriptionpixel.com – an interface between video games and mental health.
This is a space for gamers to safely share their feelings, access personalised resources, and seek help without judgement or stigma.