May roundup: A kaleidoscope of options for depression and anxiety

31-05-2018

May roundup: A kaleidoscope of options for depression and anxiety

The month of May is almost over, which means that in the next few days we are switching over to a new topic. In case you missed any of our blogs this month, I have compiled them all here:

- I wrote an introduction blog which includes a little trick that helps me ask for help more easily .

- In the second blog I discussed different ways you can help yourself  make some small steps to a healthier and happier you.

- Aniek Wols wrote about a recent GEMH lab study  and the encouraging reactions that young adults had to Monument Valley .

- I shared a new research idea that we are working on with a very surprising game that has been suggested to help players cope with depression.

- Finally, Anouk Tuijnman wrote about her project with the game Moving Stories that has already received a lot of attention and that highlights the importance of knowing how you can reach out to someone who is anxious or down !

If you are struggling with anxiety and/or depression I hope that at least one of the ideas or pieces of information we have provided connects with you and makes your path a little easier to travel. If you have not quite found what you are looking for, keep searching, because you can overcome anxiety and depression! Unfortunately there is no easy solution for everyone and we as scientist do not have all the answers. What works for one, may not work for another. The therapist that helped your best friend so well, may be just right or not at all the right fit for you. But if you keep searching and allow others to help you in your search, you have the strength to overcome this!

The GEMH lab will continue to work at developing new interventions, with the aim to provide more options to help young people cope with emotional vulnerabilities and to find their emotional strengths. If you have any tips, experiences or resources you would like to share, please do so below. Your experiences or ideas may help someone who is struggling or bring us closer to an intervention that does that.

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Marlou Poppelaars

PhD Candidate passionate about psychopathology prevention, intrinsic motivation and the use of video games for this purpose. Loves to read, cook and making sure that bomb does not explode.

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