PAX South 17: Anxiety Gaming, Where The Mind is What Matters – Bleeding Cool News



Chris Ahrnsbrak writes from PAX South,

“Who here,” the speaker said into the microphone, “has had to get through a difficult time in their life?” Of the hundred-plus in the Bobcat Room of PAX South 2017 on a Saturday night, over one-third of the room raised their hands as Anxiety Gaming presented their panel on mental health and gaming, “How One Anxious Gamer Changed the World”.

During his senior year of college, founder Jason Docton was preparing for a career in the medical field, with dreams of how he could help the lives of others. But a severe, nearly crippling anxiety disorder that manifested itself as severe agoraphobia left him a bit adrift. Unwilling and unable to face the outside world, he turned to video games to keep at least a nominal connection to the world beyond his doors, most notably to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. “I was ready,” Docton said,…



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