Game development is not an easy road. Rates of burnout, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns are high.
That's why, at GDC 2017, psychiatric care professional Dr. Jennifer Hazel and Framed game dev Joshua Boggs explored the issue and offered some tips on how to remain well while working in games.
It was a good talk that spoke to the specific traps that the games industry can lure people into, such as crunch, competition and social isolation. The pair talked about how making a game can make you feel terrible, and shared techniques you can use that may help you come out of it afterwards a better person.
Plus, they provided evidence-based, clinically relevant tips about how to be mindful of your own mental health and what you can do if things get tough. If you missed it at GDC this year, don't miss your chance to now watch their talk for free on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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