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How Geek Culture is saving the world. Can geeky, nerdy, and techy things help heal the world? Absolutely. | For the Geek Therapy Podcast and more, visit http://www.geektherapy.com.
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Psychologist Uses Superhero Comics to Treat His Patients

Psychologist Uses Superhero Comics to Treat His Patients | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Dr. O'Connor practices at Southeast Psych in Charlotte, NC, where he's developed an unusual way to address his patients' needs. O'Connor sometimes asks patients to read and discuss comic books to help patients verbalize and process their own decisions and emotions.

 

... O'Connor says that while he uses his comic therapy primarily with adolescents, it's also helped people in their 30s and 40s deal with everything from social anxiety to mood disorders. And, while his patients want to read more Marvel comics, he finds DC works best for therapy...

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Exploring the Pain of Depression in Webcomics

Exploring the Pain of Depression in Webcomics | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

But what makes Depression Comix and Hyperbole and a Half different is that they bring the reader up close to the depressed mind and shout, "Hey! This is what it's like in here!" They've put words and pictures behind something that is incredibly difficult to articulate. For folks who have suffered from depression or are currently suffering from depression, the benefit is twofold. First, there is the ever-important sense of kinship, the realization that someone else understands the very thing that you are going through and that you aren't completely alone.

 

On top of that, these comics can help non-depressed folks who may understand depression at an intellectual level understand it at an emotional one as well. After all, it's easy enough to talk about neurotransmitters and decreased serotonin; it's far more difficult to get at the meat of what makes depression so devastating.

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