Mental Health Awareness for People Who Game | Web Site
02 July, 2015
Prescription pixel is a free resource of education and support for mental health in the gaming community, founded by ‘Dr Pixel’ a doctor at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry. (Please note: Prescription Pixel is not recognised as an official therapy, drug prescription, clinically approved service or a means of accessing the same.)
From the web site www.prescriptionpixel.com:
“Studies show that gamers suffer a higher prevalence of some of the most common mental health issues – namely depression, anxiety, and social phobia – than the general population. Despite advances in awareness, it is clear there remains a significant social stigma surrounding mental health. Prescription Pixel is a safe, inclusive and accessible online resource for people exploring and experiencing the struggles of mental health and wellness.
Studies now recognise gamers as being at increased risk of mental health problems compared to the general population, and “online gaming addiction” has recently been added to the Worldwide Psychiatry Guidelines (the DSM-V) as an official clinical diagnosis.
Prescription Pixel is a much needed initiative to provide a space for people who enjoy gaming to learn and talk about mental health.
We believe that video games can be therapeutic for mental wellness, and we support clinical research into this area. On the site you can find gaming and non-gaming based resources for all sorts of emotional and psychological experiences.
In addition, we acknowledge that online gaming addiction can be a serious condition. If you think you may be addicted to online gaming, you will find helpful resources here.
As a new diagnosis, online gaming addiction is still very difficult to diagnose and doesn’t yet have specific criteria. Fortunately, help is emerging in the form of specialists and clinics specifically to address this issue. We will stay up to date with the latest research and developments in diagnosing and treating online gaming addiction.”
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