My anxiety has been a burden I carried alone for quite a while, until speaking out about it after a particularly bad and ill-timed panic attack. I currently see a psychologist and am working through CBT exercises to alleviate precursor symptoms before panic attacks strike.

What Gaming Means To Me

Character oriented RPG titles ecocide a way for me to work through ‘stressful’ scenarios, and learn about choice under pressure. There are heroes and heroines who become inspirational to me for what they accomplish and stand for in such times. Sometimes, pure escapism into a world also helps, whether it be a short trip like Journey, or an open world driving game. Characters that I aspire to emulate often make me feel more empowered to change things I dislike about myself, or give me the kick I need to improve a situation. Online gaming has also presented me with a social space where my anxiety doesn’t feel ridiculed, and I’ve met incredibly supportive friends in the industry and its players.

by @jiggsy, Community Manager for EA

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.